How to Maintain a Proper Indoor Humidity Level

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • August 10, 2016

Tips To Balancing Your Humidity Levels

Having a bad, frizzy hair day? Or maybe electricity has been zapping you every time you touch the doorknob? In addition to being uncomfortable, extreme humidity levels can lead to damage and inconvenience to your house and your day-to-day routine. We put together everything you need to know regarding how to maintain a comfortable humidity level in your home.

Humidity too high

When your humidity is too high, you will see signs of the increased moisture. This moisture can stain ceilings and walls, peeling paint and wallpaper, and provide the perfect ground conditions for mold, rot, and insects such as termites and cockroaches.

Most people don’t consider their humidity levels when they are purchasing their energy efficient homes – but because these homes are sealed up tight (to prevent energy loss from heating and cooling) – the home also seals in a lot of moisture.

So what can you do?

Consider putting exhaust fans in rooms where there are higher levels of humidity, such as your kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. This can be expensive, but not as expensive as all of the damage repairs from an overly humid house.

Another option is to invest in a dehumidifier. Working like an air conditioner that has both hot and cold coils, a fan blows air over the cold coil that condenses the moisture in the air, which drips down into the collection area. The air is then passed over a hot coil to restore it to its original temperature.

Humidity too low

On the other side of the spectrum, it can be equally bad to have air that’s too dry in your house. Without proper moisture, you open yourself up to dry nose and throat, dry skin, and an increased risk of catching a cold. Your house might even show signs of damage such as wood planks shrinking.

So, instead of a dehumidifier, the simple way to fix low humidity is with a humidifier. Humidifiers must be kept clean, changing filters regularly. The most common type of evaporative humidifier uses a wicking filter that absorbs the water. A fan then blows through the air and evaporates some of the water.

Make sure you purchase a humidifier that will cover the number of square feet necessary for the area it will be used in your home and one that holds plenty of water; you don’t want to be constantly refilling it.

We hope this article was helpful in balancing your humidity levels! For eco-friendly ways to maintain your home’s humidity level, take a look at our 5 Ways To Lower Home Humidity Naturally blog!

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