There is a common test you can try to determine the relative humidity inside your home, apartment, or property.
Try this: Place two or three ice cubes into a glass, add water and stir. Wait three minutes. If moisture does not form on the outside of the glass, the air is too dry; you may need a humidifier. (Do not perform this test in the kitchen. Cooking vapors may produce inaccurate results. Did you know Occupant Behavior can affect indoor relative humidity levels? Read our Case Study for more information.)
High indoor relative humidity also have some general telltale signs. You should also watch for signs of frequent fogging of windows, which may indicate too much humidity.The appropriate relative humidity will allow only slight condensation along the edges or corners of windows. More condensation could be damaging. Moisture buildup or mold on closet walls or room ceilings and walls also indicates high humidity.
Humidity should be monitored daily since outside temperatures will change. Consider purchasing a digital hygrometer (widely available) and check it regularly.
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