Whatever season you’re in, your indoor air quality is something you should always be thinking about. Obviously, maintaining proper temperature is the main focus, but controlling your indoor humidity also plays into your air quality.
You can try opening windows, but depending on the outdoor humidity levels, this may not help. There are more effective ways to control your house’s humidity. Humidity is more than heating and cooling. Humidity measures the amount of moisture in the air.
These 10 methods and tools will give you a better understanding of how to maintain quality in-house humidity.
When understanding what makes quality in-house humidity, keep in mind that a quality humidity doesn’t mean cold. It’s about finding that humidity sweet spot.
The average humidity level in your home should be between 35% to 45%. If you reach outside that margin, health issues can arise.
If your house is above 50%, your house with feel damp and wet due to excess moisture. With a high humidity level, you’ll begin to notice mould, wet walls and feel overheated.
If your house is below 30%, your house will begin to feel dry. With a low humidity level, you’ll begin to develop dry skin and scalp, and risk of a cold or infection.
A hygrometer is a device that allows you to measure the humidity in your house. An effective tool to maintain quality in-house humidity.
2. Air Conditioning
Besides being a great source of cool air, installing an air conditioner also contributes to dehumidifying your home. By cycling warm air, the air conditioner transforms it into condensation for the ideal indoor humidity.
3. Heat Pump
Unlike air conditioners, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling. While air conditioners do reduce moisture, heat pumps do a better job throughout all seasons. Again, drawing in excess moisture and creating the ideal humidity for your home.
Batman and Robin. Dehumidifier and air conditioner. The dynamic duo of clean air, keeping all dirty air behind filters.
A dehumidifier provides the best solution to reduce the humidity in your home. The function of a dehumidifier is to filter moist humid air, cool it and create dry and clean air.
Dehumidifiers can also team up with your air conditioner. By installing a dehumidifier, you’ll be able to reduce your air conditioning usage, which in turn, saves you money on energy bills.
Sustaining a well-insulated house is an effective method to maintain quality humidity in house.
There is an ever-growing amount of household products and areas that produce moisture. From your attic, windows, pipes, shower to cooking. Make sure to inspect your insulation for wetness, wall cracks or areas missed for quality moisture control.
6. Plumbing Leaks
Drip, drip, drip.
Experiencing leaking pipes not only can create serious plumbing issues but also contributes to your excess humidity. Due to the leaking of water, moisture can develop in the surrounding area.
If you’ve encountered stained walls or floors, or warped drywall, call a professional to get your plumbing issue solved.
7. Exhaust Fans
The exhaust fan’s job is to absorb any humid air being transmitted from an appliance or specific location. The exhaust fan is best utilized when located in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.
When the exhaust fan is activated, the humid air is pulled through your duct system and released outside. Make sure to clean your ducts for an efficient process.
8. Cooking Outside
Even though the majority of cooking is done inside, one way to maintain quality humidity at home is to cook outside. Especially if it’s summer, why not take advantage of the great weather?
Depending on what you’re making, cooking inside can create a lot of moisture. By cooking outside, you’re releasing heat and moisture into the outside air.
9. Dry Atmosphere
Keep your towel handy. Whether you’ve let water drip from your shower or left a tsunami from doing the dishes, dry these surfaces up. Leaving puddles around allows water to seep through cracks or tiles and begin to form mould.
10. Ceiling Fans
By operating a ceiling fan, you’re allowing the air in your home to dehumidify. When you set the ceiling fan to turn clockwise, the speed can move the air around the room and evaporate any moisture on your skin or in the area of the fan.
The Joust for Humidity
Humidity can feel like a tug of war between hot and cold. Creating that perfect balance of indoor humidity can seem daunting. But, we’ve listed many tools and tricks to help you understand and learn about taking control of the humidity in your house.
With Knight, we provide many of the machines and tools listed above. All with an efficient and speedy installation service. Request a quote today!