Is Humidity Driving You Crazy? How to Control Humidity in Your Home.Andrew at Aeroseal
So we all know how humidity impacts us when we are outside – but, did you ever consider what humidity levels are doing to your indoor living space? Improper indoor humidity levels are a common home hazard that are often underestimated. In the summer, humidity levels should be less than 60%, anything higher and your home could be at risk for a number of problems. We all can appreciate that uncomfortable, sticky feeling if humidity levels are too high in your home. But did you know that high humidity levels can lead to poor indoor air quality since allergens, like dust mites and mold, thrive in humid conditions. How can you tell if you have excessive humidity?
- Check windows, mirrors, basements, and pipes for visible condensation – condensation on the inside is an indication of water buildup
- Look for wet stains on ceiling and waters – do you see peeling paint or hear creaky floorboards
- Examine your bathroom, kitchen and laundry – look/smell for mold and mildew
- Pay attention to your family – if any family member is experiencing headaches or allergy symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath or a chronic cough this could indicate you may have excessive humidity in your home.
- Use a dehumidifier – a whole house dehumidifier can remove gallons of water from your home’s air everyday
- Decrease moisture entering the air – take shorter showers, do only full loads of laundry, air dry your clothes
- Run your vents – bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms build up moisture quickly, vents help remove excess moisture, humidity, and odors
- Fix any water leaks you may have in your home