Having too much humidity can be a bad thing. It can cause mold, mildew and a number of other problems with your home and your personal health. However, what most people don’t know is that having too little humidity can also be a bad thing; it can dry out your home, it can cause health problems and it can be uncomfortable to breathe overall. Surprisingly, the wintertime is when low humidity levels are the most common, especially if all your windows are closed and you are blasting the heat most of the time. Ideally, you want the moisture level to be around 30% year round. Here are five tips for fine tuning the heat and humidity balance in your home.
- Ventilate your home. Ventilation is the key to making sure your home’s moisture and humidity levels are just right. This is especially the case in the wintertime. It is important that you let some fresh air inside. Also, if it is too hot inside your home and the moisture levels are skyrocketing, allowing a little fresh air will make your home a lot less moist. Be sure to pop open a window once and a while.
- Make sure your ductwork is installed correctly. When you install your new HVAC system, it important to get duct system design right the first time, because if you don’t, your system could be pumping out too much moisture. Be sure to map out the ductwork accordingly and if you aren’t sure what you are doing, you’ll want to call the professionals because a certified and experienced technician will be able to properly install your ductwork for you. When it comes down to it, having your ductwork set up just right the first time around will prevent major headaches for you further down the line.
- Install a humidifier. If you are having a hard time balancing the humidity levels, you may want to install a whole home humidifier which will allow you to control the home’s moisture levels from a central mainframe. If you don’t have the budget for a major whole home humidifier then you may want to consider installing a standalone remote system. These smaller systems can be just as powerful for individual rooms and can be purchased at a fraction of the cost which can be just as helpful.
- Make sure that you have the right HVAC system installed. Sometimes, your HVAC system could be the culprit if you are experiencing unbalanced moisture levels. If your system is too powerful, it could actually be causing humidity to build up throughout your home which is counter-productive. Ideally, you want to measure your square footage before you install an HVAC system, because that will determine what kind of capacity you need.
- Seal up your windows. If you have older windows, there is a good chance that they may be drafty and allowing all kinds of elements inside your home without you even realizing it. Drafts not only make your home more inefficient, they can also cause moisture and condensation to build up, which can cause the humidity levels to skyrocket. So, be sure to take the simple measure of sealing up your windows; this small change can help you control humidity and heat levels in your home much more easily.