Humidification vs. Dehumidification: Which Do You Need For Your Newborn?

Humidification vs. Dehumidification: Which Do You Need For Your Newborn?

If you have a newborn in your home, you are naturally concerned that everything be just right — from room temperature, to proper lighting and the right indoor air quality for a baby. But when planning the nursery, you might also give some thought to proper humidity levels for your infant.

To be sure, the right humidity level for a baby is the same as for the rest of us: somewhere between 30 and 60 percent. But within that range, what is optimum for baby room humidity?

Best Humidity Level

In the winter, when air is cooler and drier, we usually want to add a little humidity to the home’s air to feel more comfortable. But in the summer, when air tends to be warmer, it’s best to strive for lower humidity. That’s because warm air holds more moisture, which can make us feel hot and sticky. Warm, moist air can also promote the growth of mold, mildew and fungus. You really don’t want spores from these substances wafting around in your home, particularly if you have a baby. Many people are allergic to breathing mold, so exposure to it should always be limited.

How to Adjust Humidity Levels

When you want drier air in your home, you can accomplish it by doing the following:

  1. Fix plumbing or ceiling leaks.
  2. Take shorter showers.
  3. Add exhaust ventilation fans to the bathroom and kitchen area. Moisture should be exhausted outdoors.
  4. Change the HVAC system air filter frequently; keep the coils clean.
  5. Use a dehumidifier, either portable or whole house. The latter will be plumbed through your HVAC system, and will remove moisture and send it outdoors.

When you want your home’s air to be a little more humid, do the following:

  1. Boil pots of water on the stove.
  2. Add lots of plants to your home.
  3. Install a humidifier in your HVAC system, or add a portable model. Portables have to be cleaned and refilled periodically.

For more on baby room humidity, or to schedule repairs, maintenance or installations of HVAC equipment, contact Aggressive Mechanical. We serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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