Monday 4 November 2019

Top Tips for Regulating Home Humidity

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Having high or low humidity levels in your home can cause significant trouble. Not only is living in a home with extreme humidity levels uncomfortable, but excessive moisture or dryness can also cause damage to your property. Here's what you need to know about regulating your home's humidity levels to keep them in a comfortable range.
Know Your Warning Signs
You can't adjust humidity levels in your home if you don't know if your humidity levels are off in the first place. The good news is you don't need any special tools to check for overly humid or dry air. You just need to know what to look for.
If static electricity levels are high or the paint on your walls is cracking, your home is likely too dry. If you're seeing condensation regularly on your windows or drinking glasses, or you're smelling musty odours, you likely have high humidity.
Handle Wet Clothing Well
One of the easiest ways to adjust humidity levels in a low-tech way is to adjust your treatment of wet clothes. Leaving wet or damp towels and clothing out causes natural moisture to enter the air. If your humidity is high and you've been leaving wet clothes in your hamper, simply doing laundry and putting them away clean and dry could solve a high humidity issue.
Perhaps you have the opposite problem: low humidity, or dry air. If that's the issue, after you take your clothes out of the washer, skip the dryer. You'll find you can raise your home's humidity using clean laundry. Lay laundry out on a line or rack to encourage evaporation of moisture into the air.

Air Out Your Home
One of the simplest ways to lower humidity when your house is humid but the outdoors is dry is to open up some windows. This lets the air in your home flow out and fresh air in, which has the effect of letting much of the humidity in the home leave.
Tackle Humidity Levels Directly
When all else fails, the most obvious answer is sometimes the right one. If humidity is too high, a dehumidifier can remove some of the humidity in your air, while a humidifier will emit a faint mist into the air to raise humidity levels around your home. For efficient problem solving, you can't beat a machine specifically made for the job at hand.

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Try a Smart Thermostat
When an air conditioner runs, it naturally removes moisture from the air, collects it on a condensing coil, and drains it safely. With a smart thermostat, you can run your air conditioning at set intervals throughout the day, even when you aren't home, in order to ensure that when you come home your house is not overly humid.
Whether you prefer creative solutions or the more direct option of installing a humidifier or dehumidifier, managing humidity levels in your home is important. If you're struggling with either high or low humidity, it's time to take action and start living comfortably again. Your family and your home will both be grateful to see the changes made.