Whether you’re suffering through the stifling heat of summer or bundling up through the dead of winter, the humidity in your home can make a big different in how comfortable you are from day to day. We often think about humidity as only a summer problem, but it can be equally difficult to deal with in the winter. Let’s dive in and take a look at humidity and what you can do to control the moisture content in your home.
What’s The Ideal Humidity Level for Your Home?
The air within your home can range anywhere from 10% to 90% humidity very easily, depending on the season. Ideally, your home will be within 30-50% humidity, with the perfect mark at about 45%.
How To Test The Humidity Levels In Your Home
Grab a hygrometer and walk around your home. Make a note of specific rooms, like your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Additionally, make sure you mark where exactly in your home you are, like the basement or in an attic area. Basements generally have higher humidity levels than other areas.
How To Fix Your Humidity Levels
So you’ve done some testing and found that your humidity is either too high or low. There are a few things you can do to fix your humidity woes.
ASIDE: Did you know that the humidity in your home can affect how well your HVAC system works? It can! If your air is too moist, your system must work harder to push the air through your ducts. This means higher bills each month and more frequent repairs.
How To Add Humidity To Your Home
Low humidity is more common in colder climates and at chillier times of year because cold air can’t hold moisture as well. You can solve this problem easily and cheaply by getting a humidifier. This is especially helpful if you only have one or two rooms that have low humidity. With any humidifier, make sure it’s the appropriate size for the area you need to humidify. Additionally, make sure the filters are cleaned consistently per the instructions. If the filters aren’t clean, you’ve essentially got a mold spreader.
How To Lower Humidity In Your Home
On the opposite side of the spectrum is too much water in your air. Warm air is more commonly too humid and high humidity areas tend to be in bathrooms and kitchens where water is running. A good way to solve the problem is to install exhaust fans – many homes already have these in bathrooms. Additionally, you can purchase moisture absorbing bags. These contain a chemical that pull moisture out of the air and store it in a bag for emptying. Dehumidifying machines are also available, but tend to be expensive and require emptying.
Control Your Home’s Humidity Levels With A Whole House Humidifier
Your HVAC professional can help you install a whole house humidifier that will control your home’s humidity from soup to nuts. You won’t have to worry about bags, humidifiers in rooms, or dehumidifiers to empty constantly. Whole-home systems attach to your existing HVAC and help your system put moisture into the air as well as dump wet air out. Best of all, they’re not as expensive as you may think!