What is the Best Humidity for Your Home

hey there Michael church with crawlspace

ninja and today we are continuing our

indoor air pollution series and we want

to discuss what is the optimal humidity

levels you should have inside of your

home to discourage the growth of

bacterias viruses germs and molds stay



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indoor air pollution series we're again

talking with Brian from April air he's

gonna share with us his thoughts about

optimal humidity and I want you to stay

tuned to the end because he's also going

to share what the best humidity settings

are for both humidifiers and

dehumidifiers that you put inside your

home now I want to switch gears with you

a little bit I first learned about your

chart that April air came up with about

optimal humidity and it's a really cool

visual of where we should be in in not

only viruses and germs and bacterias but

molds and even chemical reactions it's

it just shows how humidity even ozone I

think is a depicted on your chart to

show optimal levels on how it works

do you mind going over that chart and

and as you're going over it I'll make

sure we flash that up on the screen

well absolutely absolutely and this is

this chart not you know holy created by

Aprilaire per se it was adopted so again

the American Society of eating a critter

ation so this chart has been in

existence for quite a long time but

we've just found that it it integrates

and communicates to the consumer very

succinctly what the advantages are to

proper humidity control within the home

and what you'll notice from the chart is

there's you know a left-hand quadrant

that talks about the dangers of not

having enough data to use with your time

in your home and then as you move to the

right you can kind of see you hit that

optimal zone when you get about you know

50% relative humidity and then as you

move forward and you get more and more

humidity which is the direction I

believe we're going right now Michael if

you look out your window we're getting

warmer we're getting more humidity in

here now you're moving into that at high

humidity zone where a lot of that bad

stuff starts to happen again and a lot

of people have heard on the news you

know that low humidity has been major

contributed to the

the proliferation of viruses and you

know particulates moving through the air

and that's absolutely true and given

this time of year that's been very

important to have that discussion but as

we move into the summertime months it's

also important to understand that we're

going to be crossing over through that

curve and going to the other side

humidity is going to go up again and we

also need to be making sure that we

control humidity so you're not at 80

percent or you know 75 percent relative

humidity because that's a breeding

ground for viruses bacteria all the

stuff that makes you sick the allergens

become you know exacerbated it even

worse and then as you mentioned you know

a lot of the homes that are you know

built with modern insulation and modern

building materials when you have high

humidity in your home that just

increases off-gassing it makes those

chemicals you know come out of your

building products even quicker and in

higher concentration so really this

chart illustrates that the importance of

proper moisture control can really

benefit you know all of the different

building science aspects of your home

okay I want to take just a brief pause

and share with you that Brian and April

air are giving a viewer one of these

April air 1820s and I'm going to share

how to get registered for that at the

end of the video if you're finding this

information great and you like this we

hope you'll like the video down below

also in the comments be sure to share

with us what you are currently doing to

improve your indoor air quality and let

us know if it's working so let's get

back to Brian sharing with us what the

optimal humidity settings are for a

dehumidifier and a humidifier more

questions for you and these can be these

can be a shorter as long as you want to

answer but what humidity setting do you

recommend the humidifier be placed on

surfer humidifier we always recommend to

try to be at least thirty percent and

that's usually based in the in

wintertime conditions you want to be

operating around thirty percent relative

humidity within the home which touches

up right against that that lower end of

the azure HR because a lot of times you

can't because the air in the way

your time or the area where you need

humidification doesn't have a lot of

capacity so we want to get the right

amount of moisture in the eye that area

but we also don't want to have any

windows dripping and we also don't want

to have conversation you know inside the

home so really 30 percent is where we

like to be the last question is what do

you recommend the dehumidifier setting

be it we like to have our dehumidifier

set around fifty percent and fifty is

really the optimum place where you're

going to have both healthy and

comfortable areas your home and also be

running the product in an energy

efficient and energy conscious manner

very good that's that's what we've been

telling to and and even before I got to

know you and April ere I told homeowners

that simply because there's an error of

margin or a margin of error with these

these readers that are out there for

example I know the April air is a

digital product there's some turn knob

products and things that that are out on

the market but when you set it on 50 you

got a figure maybe not the April air of

it it could be a little better but many

products out there are a plus or minus

of 4 percent maybe even higher so you

want to make sure you have that that air

at market so even though we're talking

about 60% humidity on the high end if

you set it at 60 you could still be in

the high 60s or mid 60s which isn't

where we want to be so I think if we put

the D Huez on 50% if there is a margin

of error we're still well below that 60%

ratio okay well thank you Brian and

April air not only for that great

information and if you found that

information helpful we hope you'll like

this video down below and also I'm gonna

put a link in the description to another

video that you can watch about the

giveaway that April air is doing with

that April air 18:20 dehumidifier once

that video reaches 500 likes some lucky

viewer is gonna get a chance to have

that April air 1820 dehumidifier and if

you want to get a humidifier or a

dehumidifier for your home we've got

some links down below in the description

where you

pick those up as well and my name is

Michael church with crawlspace ninja and

I hope you make it a happy and blessed

day and we'll see you later