Having Trouble Controlling Indoor Humidity?
Friday Oct 22nd, 2021
Did you notice some things over the summer? Did your home feel damp? Is there mould or mildew spotting in the basement? Is your wood floor warping?
If so, there may be a humidity issue.
Maybe you thought running the A/C would remove some of the humidity to cool your home, but here are some additional steps you'll want to consider:
1. Check the exhaust fans in the bathrooms- Are they functional and are they clean? You may want to update the fans to the new style that moves air
and authomatically switches on and off based on humidity level.
2. Update the dehumidifier-Replacing an older unit with a new ENERGY START-certified dehumidifier will do the job more efficiently. They're 15% more efficient than older models.
And good dehumidifier will also help the A/C work more efficiently.
3. Invest in a humidistat- This device reads the moisture in the air of a home. If the humidity level rises above the setting, the humidistat can be used to trigger an exhaust fan such as a "whole house fan."
In most climates, humidity levels tend to be low during the winter. High humidity levels nside a home during the winter are unusual, therefore, and usualtly a sign of major issues like water leaks, condensation problems and poor ventilation.
During the Summer Months, the average humidity should weigh in between 30% to 45% (below the 50% mark).
During the Winter Months, it should be lower than 40% (RH) Relative humidity to avoid condensations on your windows. By staying in the proper ranges, problems can be prevented.
In other words, the right humidity levels help your home to feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.