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Guide to Measure Indoor Humidity in Your Home

A Complete Guide to Measure Indoor Humidity in Your Home

Indoor humidity is the amount of moisture in your home's air. This often-overlooked factor can significantly affect your overall comfort and wellbeing. Inadequate humidity can lead to dry skin, irritated eyes, and respiratory discomfort. Conversely, excessive moisture can create a muggy and uncomfortable environment. Proper indoor humidity is essential for ensuring a pleasant living space. This makes it crucial to measure the percentage of humidity along with temperature and other factors. This can be done using portable and handy measurement meters, most of which are designed to measure multiple parameters. This post takes a look at ways to measure indoor humidity effectively and easily.

Measuring Humidity Using Various Tools

To take control of your indoor environment, you need to measure and monitor humidity accurately. Here are some methods and tools to help you do just that.

Ice Cube Method

  • Ice Cube Method This is a basic assessment method you can use in case you don't have a hygrometer.
  • Procedure: If you can perform a primary assessment using the ice cube method, simply take a glass filled with some ice cubes and water and wait for a few minutes. Observe the glass. If water droplets form on the outside, your indoor air is likely too humid. If not, it may be too dry.
  • Limitations: However, this method does not give you the exact humidity measurement, so using meters or probes is essential.


  • Description: This is a simple and effective humidity measurement tool.
  • Usage: A hygrometer is an equipment used to measure the humidity in the atmosphere. A digital hygrometer can be used in various settings, from homes to workplaces. Look for portable hygrometers for industrial or commercial use that provide instant digital readings of relative humidity and indoor and outdoor temperatures. They have temperature and humidity sensors, and most models come with a warranty.
  • Features: Indoor hygro-thermometers can simultaneously display temperature and humidity readings and allow you to select your preferred unit such as Celsius or Fahrenheit for temperature. These devices are quite easy to use, and you only need to place them in the area where you want to measure the humidity levels. Let the reading become stable, and it will be displayed on the device screen.

Wet and Dry Bulb Thermometer Technique

  • Description: This method is more precise but requires a special psychrometer with both a wet bulb and dry bulb thermometer.
  • Usage: It provides a more accurate assessment of relative humidity. A psychrometer, a hygrometer, or a damp and dry bulb thermometer is an instrument used to measure the air's relative humidity. It consists of two thermometers: one with a dry bulb and another with a wet bulb. Using a psychrometer is quite easy. You need to wet the wick of the wet bulb one and swing the psychrometer in the air for a few minutes. Read the temperature on both thermometers. Using a psychrometric chart or an online calculator is recommended to determine relative humidity.
  • Modern Alternatives: There are digital portable psychrometers that can offer instant and accurate readings for humidity/temperature, humidity/dew point, humidity/wet bulb in less than 30 seconds and an accuracy level of ±2%RH (10 to 90%).

Digital Humidity and Temperature Dataloggers

  • Description: These are handy meters that come with a memory that can record around 15000 readings, depending on the model.
  • Usage: With the help of humidity and temperature dataloggers, you can take accurate humidity readings just about anywhere in an indoor setting, such as HVAC systems, storage spaces, greenhouses, labs, office spaces, and more. They can offer data in terms of maximum and minimum readings based on date and time. Most of them have a USB port to transfer these readings to a computer. Other features include alarm settings to notify exceeded readings, temperature measurement, and so on. They come with simple push buttons, screen, and a user-friendly interface.

What Are Ideal Indoor Humidity Levels?

Seasonal Variations:

  • Summer: Aim for indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% in warmer months. This range provides comfort and reduces the risk of mold growth.
  • Winter: In colder seasons, indoor humidity levels should be around 30% to 40%. This prevents dry air discomfort without promoting condensation on windows.

Impact of Extreme Humidity Levels on Home Environment

Understanding the consequences of extreme humidity levels is crucial. Here are some relevant pointers:

  • High Humidity:
    • It can lead to mold growth.
    • It may cause structural damage to your home.
    • Creates an uncomfortable and stuffy indoor environment.
  • Low Humidity:
    • Causes dry skin, chapped lips, and irritated eyes.
    • It can damage wooden furniture, flooring, and musical instruments.
    • Increases the risk of static electricity shocks.

Hence, balancing humidity level is essential for a healthy and comfortable living space.

Managing Humidity Levels

While you can always use basic steps such as proper ventilation, exhaust systems in bathrooms and kitchens, and rectifying leakage sources in homes, these are preventive measures to decrease the humidity levels and do not offer a measurable value. If you need to increase the humidity levels, you can use a humidifier to add moisture to the air or place bowls of water near radiators or heating vents. Avoid too much ventilation your home during winter. Now that you may have understood the importance of indoor humidity measurement and balance, it may be worth investing in a portable temperature and humidity measuring meter.


Proper indoor humidity levels significantly impact energy efficiency, optimizing heating and cooling systems. Furthermore, appropriate indoor humidity is vital for home preservation as too much moisture can result in rotting, while dry air can damage wood and electronics. In essence, indoor humidity is one of the key factors to a comfortable, healthy, and well-maintained home environment. As we wrap up, it's worth noting that achieving the perfect balance of humidity and temperature settings is quite using digital probes or meters. However, ensure you source them from a reliable supplier. You can consider exploring Triplett's range of digital hygrometers and digital hygro-thermometers, designed to empower you in your quest for ideal indoor conditions. Measure, manage, and maximize your home's comfort and well-being precisely. Don't miss out on the chance to transform your living space—take a step towards optimal humidity levels today!

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