The answer is yes, which is true with any tightly constructed home. Typically humidity should be kept as high as possible without creating condensation problems. The range is typically between 35 and 50 percent although the ideal setting may vary from summer to winter.
Low humidity can be the reason for additional checking (cracks) in logs and beams. Some additional checking is to be expected, but can be minimized by monitoring and maintaining a higher humidity within the home. Low humidity can also be the reason for loose joints in wooden furniture, static electricity and even various heath problems.
In most cases within a new home, the humidity levels will be high for a period of time. This can be the result of masonry within the home or the basement releasing moisture into the air as it cures. Other sources within a new structure may create humidity as well. After a period of time the masonry products will cure and the humidity levels will tend to drop. It is important to monitor the humidity, as we do not want it to drop without our knowledge and allow the above-mentioned concern to surface.
A humidifier may be required within the home to release water back into the air. (There are cases where a dehumidifier may be required). Either, or both, ‘tools’ are critical to monitoring humidity and then maintaining proper humidity levels.