Mold Damage:  House Plants And Humidity

House plants are a great way to add decoration and make your home feel more comfortable.  Did you know that houseplants can actually increase the humidity in your home?  With increased humidity comes an increased risk of mold growth.

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. If there is a lot of water vapor in the air, the humidity will be high.  Usually, the perfect humidity for plants is between 35% and 65%; higher than the normal humidity levels in our homes. And, during winter, when fireplaces create drier air, you will need to increase the humidity levels, even more, to make your plants comfortable.

Q:  How To Control The Humidity?

A:  Make sure you have proper ventilation in your home.  This will help in reducing the amount of water vapor in the air.  Using a dehumidifier will help in removing moisture in the air.  Watering your plants less will also help in controlling the humidity in your home.

Q:  What If I Need To Increase The Humidity?

A:  Using a Humidifier would help in adding moisture to the air.  They are effective and some of them allow you to check the humidity level in real-time.  Using small trays filled with water under your plants is a good way to slowly introduce moisture to your plants.

Knowing how humidity can affect your home is key to preventing mold growth.  While adding house plants in your home is a great way to make your house feel more comfortable, be aware of the potential risk.

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