A Well Performing Home is No Sweat

| by Ken Summers
A Well Performing Home is No Sweat

So we all know how humidity impacts us when we are outside – but, did you ever consider what humidity levels are doing to your indoor living space?

Improper indoor humidity levels are a common home hazard that are often underestimated. In the summer, high humidity levels can lead to problems with mold and mildew, which can lead to serious health issues. In the Winter, low humidity levels can cause your skin to dry and your nose to bleed. If indoor humidity is too high in the Winter, it can cause icing on the windows and in spaces behind the wall cavity – not good for your home…or your health.

In the summer, humidity levels should be less than 60%, anything higher and your home could be at risk for a number of problems. Winter humidity levels should hover somewhere closer to 40%.

How can you tell if you have excessive humidity?

  1. Check windows, mirrors, basements, and pipes for visible condensation – condensation on the inside is an indication of water buildup.
  2. Look for wet stains on ceiling and walls – do you see peeling paint or hear creaky floorboards?
  3. Examine your bathroom, kitchen and laundry – look/smell for mold and mildew.
  4. Pay attention to your family – if any family member is experiencing headaches or allergy symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath or a chronic cough, this could indicate you may have excessive humidity in your home.

What can you do to control indoor humidity?

  1. Use a humidifier/dehumidifier – a whole house system can add/remove gallons of water from your home’s air everyday.
  2. In the Summer, decrease moisture entering the air – take shorter showers, do only full loads of laundry, air dry your clothes.
  3. Run your vents – bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms build up moisture quickly, and vents help to remove excess moisture, humidity, and odors.
  4. Fix any water leaks you may have in your home.
  5. In the winter, caulk and seal windows, doors and other leaking areas. You’ll find that will not only help regulate the humidity inside your home, but it will help lower your heating bills as well.

The Comfort Institute has all kinds of insights on how you can improve the overall performance of your home – from energy savings to health to comfort. Check us out at www.comfortinstitute.org.

This blog was developed by Aeroseal. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

Topics: Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation

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