Beating High Humidity
High humidity – UGH!
When the outdoor temperatures climb, you may also experience too much humidity in your home. Too much humidity can cause condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, moldy bathrooms, musty odor, clammy-feeling air, and bug infestations. Rot and structural damage can also result from extended periods of high humidity in your home.
High humidity can trigger allergic reactions, and contribute to ongoing allergies and dust mite problems. High humidity makes it easier for molds to reproduce, appearing virtually anywhere, damaging whatever they grown upon.
That’s a lot of problems to worry about. Start here…investigate. You can invest in an inexpensive and easy-to-use humidity sensor. You can also call Stadtler Heating & Cooling to test, assess, and remediate your indoor air quality problems.
Here are some tips to help if the humidity is too high:
- Install a dehumidifier directly to your heating and cooling system or purchase individual units. *A humidifier/dehumidifier built into your heating and cooling system in the best long-term solution. The water supply is constant and can be controlled by a humidistat on your wall, regulating the humidity in your home.
- Turn down or stop using your humidifier
- Vent areas that create moist air, like the shower or bathroom
- Use range and bathroom exhaust fans while cooking and bathing
- Cook with pans covered
- Take shorter showers with cooler water
- Install fresh-air intake ducts
- Reduce number of plants in your home
- Vent clothes dryer to outside
- Air conditioning – make sure your air conditioner is sized correctly. It may run a little longer in order to pull the moisture out of the air, but it will have an easier time cooling the air.
- Add carpet – this will actually trap moisture
Take control of high humidity to make your home more comfortable this summer.