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Humidity and hygrometer?

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Humidity and hygrometer?

How do I know if I need a humidifier or dehumidifier? Do I first need a hygrometer and base it on the readings? Do I even need to worry about the humidity in my apartment?

My guess is my apartment is really dry but not sure.

Thanks for any help.
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Chapped lips, dry hands, nosebleed are symptoms associated with dry air but you should get a hygrometer to confirm.
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Google % humidity for comfortable room.

Usually 30-40% is ideal
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Finally got a hydrometer. I have it in my bedroom. It’s sitting 2-3 feet from the window.

It reads 56% currently.

Does that mean humidifier or dehumidifier or 56 is ok? The device says ok.

Reason I began to investigate was during the past month I wake up with quite dry mouth. Not sure if it’s related.

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If your hygrometer is accurate, you don't need a humidifier. You probably need a dehumidifier in summer.

Did you have dry mouth last winter? Are you a smoker?
trellaine201 wrote:
Dec 20th, 2018 12:24 am
Finally got a hydrometer. I have it in my bedroom. It’s sitting 2-3 feet from the window.

It reads 56% currently.

Does that mean humidifier or dehumidifier or 56 is ok? The device says ok.

Reason I began to investigate was during the past month I wake up with quite dry mouth. Not sure if it’s related.

Thanks
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Non smoker. And never had this last year. And actually this morning I don’t have dry mouth.

At what point would someone need a humidifier? I live in a 600-700 sq foot apartment if that matters. Second floor.

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Thanks. So I could be on the borderline. Or just below. Based on the devices accuracy.
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trellaine201 wrote:
Dec 20th, 2018 12:24 am
Finally got a hydrometer. I have it in my bedroom. It’s sitting 2-3 feet from the window.

It reads 56% currently.

Does that mean humidifier or dehumidifier or 56 is ok? The device says ok.

Reason I began to investigate was during the past month I wake up with quite dry mouth. Not sure if it’s related.

Thanks
That's remarkably high for winter. Is your house LEEDS certified :)
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if your kids have colds or are sick, its best to increase the humidity in their bedroom, usually a local humidifier works best, but ya up the overall humidistat slightly, it will help overall
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