Regulating the amount of humidity in your home is vital to the health of you and your family. Too little moisture can lead to respiratory problems, while excess moisture leads to harmful mould and mildew. Everyday activities like cooking, bathing, drying clothes and washing dishes add humidity to your home. Surfaces like windows, walls and doors that lack proper insulation are magnets for the water droplets that are created by excess humidity in your home. Combined, this creates an unfortunate recipe for mould and mildew that can create rot and trickle down walls, windows and structural parts of your home, which causes damage to paint, wood, insulation and siding.
If you see moisture building up, dry it immediately and figure out the source of the problem. To prevent this damage and harmful mold growth, follow these seven tips to reduce humidity in your home.
Double and triple-pane windows insulate glass from the cold, reducing the buildup of moisture on these surfaces. Storm doors and windows create an additional barrier from the outside cold by separating the interior from the outside. Installing these types of windows not only helps to reduce humidity in your home, but also makes your home more energy efficient year-round.
You can also improve the insulation of your windows by weatherstripping to create an airtight seal to prevent cool or warm air from escaping. Lining your windows, on the inside and outside, helps to eliminate condensation and moisture.
Paying attention to window treatments will also help reduce humidity in your home. Open your drapes and blinds in the winter time — this allows warmth to reach the interior glass. This may lead to some condensation occurring, but due to improved circulation of the air, it’s unlikely to accumulate.
Good air circulation is key to preventing moisture buildup and humidity in your home. Ventilation is extra important in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens where there is additional moisture. If you notice a room in your home is not ventilating properly and there’s no exhaust fan in the room, purchase additional fans to help with the air flow.
If you have an attic, poor ventilation in that space can result in condensation, which can lead to damage in the structural elements of your house. Make sure you keep vents clear of insulation and have adequate airflow in the attic.
Your bathroom, kitchen and dryer exhaust fans are there for a reason! They vent to the outside, meaning they’ll help remove moisture in the air created by bathing, showering, cooking, dishwashing and doing laundry. Make sure you clean these fans regularly and keep them free of dust, lint, grease and other obstructions so they can continue to operate efficiently.
If the above solutions aren’t helping to reduce humidity in your home or you have rooms with poor ventilation, install a whole-house dehumidifier or put one in individual rooms that have poor circulation or excess moisture buildup, like attics, laundry rooms, basements and bathrooms. Make sure you use an ENERGY STAR® model, which consumes less energy than traditional dehumidifiers. Romaniuk has been helping Edmonton area residents install furnace dehumidifiers for 30 years to help prevent the problems of moisture build-up, mould and mildew, so contact us today for a free quote.
Gas and electric furnaces are meant to help reduce humidity by circulating dry heat throughout your home, while air conditioners lowers moisture levels as it cools the air. Ensure that all of your registers are open and unobstructed to allow good airflow. Make sure you clean your furnace and AC filters regularly — regular maintenance and servicing of your furnace and air conditioner will ensure these systems continue to work efficiently.
If you’re following all of the above tips and still aren’t noticing a reduction in humidity in your home, you may have a bigger, more expensive problem. Along with rising heating bills and high repair costs, extreme humidity in your house when your furnace is running may be a sign to replace your furnace. It’s best to let a certified technician diagnose this issue with your heating system. Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning has been servicing Edmonton and area since 1989. Call the Romaniuk pros if you need to replace your furnace and we’ll get you set up with a new, energy efficient heating system in no time.
With all of the above in mind, it’s also important to remember that too little moisture in your home can be uncomfortable and unhealthy, and also lead to annoying static shocks. You can use a moisture meter to ensure your in-home humidity is at the ideal levels of 30-50%.