Yes, you probably do.
Why it matters: Unless your home can maintain a relative humidity (RH) of below 60% (55% would be better), you need to dehumidify.
🖼️ The big picture: High humidity leads to poor indoor air quality and damages building materials.
- Dust mites do not thrive below 55%RH — and dust mites are one of the leading causes of allergies.
- Mold and mildew grow best in 60%RH or greater — in addition to causing allergies, mold can make us sick.
- The higher the RH in our home, the more likely it is for condensation to form on walls, window sills and floors. This causes materials to deteriorate.
👏 Bonus! When you bring RH down, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your home.
- Even at a higher temperature on your thermostat.
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- Start with measuring and monitoring.
- Some thermostats will report RH.
- Or invest in a good monitor like the Airthings View Plus.
- I’m using this 50 pint dehumidifier in our bedroom — and I finally got our humidity levels under control.