Do I use a humidity meter? Will my heating system tell me? Are there any special tricks I can use for gauging humidity? How do I know the humidity levels in my houses?
Finding out the humidity levels in your home is important for many different reasons. If your humidity is too high it can lead to problems like mould and if it is too low it can contribute to breathing difficulties, dry skin and sad plants.
Increasing the humidity in your home to a comfortable level comes with lots of benefits. Increased humidity is great for your hair and skin, it can help improve your sleep and it can help to alleviate breathing difficulties. Not only is it good for your self but it’s also great for your plants. Many (though not all!) plants love humidity. They thrive from it. A lot of plants that we keep as houseplants come from tropical zones and are used to humid environments that we don’t get in our homes so increasing the humidity can really help them.
But of course if you’re making the effort to increase the humidity in your home how do you know it’s working? How do you know what the level of humidity is? This is where hygrometers, or humidity detectors, come in. A hygrometer is a device that measures the amount of water vapour in the air to give you a humidity level. Take a look at how accurate are humidity meters? if you want to understand a bit more.
Many devices are accurate to 1/2% and also come with temperature gauges and other functions. You can also find humidity meters in a range of styles from the modern to the more vintage so that they can fit into your home.
Some humidifiers also come with built in humidity measures and when a humidity levels drops below a certain point it will start to produce more air vapour to increase the humidity in the air again.