Are you making sure that your home maintains appropriate levels of moisture? This crucial detail is often overlooked by homeowners, so we’ve boiled it down to some simple steps for you.
1: Understand what your home SHOULD feel like.
If you’ve never paid attention to home humidity before, you may not have a clue as to what different humidity levels feel like. The basic rule is that, in the summer, your home’s air should have about 50% humidity, and in the winter your home humidity should be around 40%.
2: Learn how to measure home humidity.
All you need is a hygrometer! These can be found online or at your local home improvement store and are an important addition to any homeowner’s repertoire. What you’re looking for is relative humidity, which indicates how moist the air around you feels.
3: Identify the areas of your home causing high humidity.
While every home is different, depending on size, age, and climate, there are some factors that commonly contribute to high moisture in most houses. It seems like a no-brainer, but you need to have vent fans in the kitchen and bathroom, where steam can build up and sometimes get trapped.
4: Act fast to fix the problem areas!
If you don’t, you’re allowing mold, mildew, and other moisture-loving offenders to make their way into your home. Some people are severely allergic to mold and mildew, and it can be especially threatening to people who suffer with asthma. And, as if the health risks aren’t severe enough, you could also be risking the integrity of your home by allowing moisture to deteriorate your insulation, rot lumber, and soil furniture and appliances.
5: Prevent humidity levels from becoming uneven in the future.
Do this by following the advice we gave in 1 – 4, and go an extra step further by investing in your health with a home de-humidifier. There is absolutely no better way to regulate your home’s humidity than to install one of these. It takes the guesswork out of managing humidity and can save you thousands in repairs that would have to be made if moisture got out of control.
Want expert advice specific to YOUR home? BNG can install a de-humidifier on your home’s furnace along with a humidistat to continually measure the humidity and regulate the output of the humidifier automatically. Give us a call or go online to schedule your consultation—we have the tools you need to make your home as comfortable as possible!