How To Maintain Ideal Humidity Levels In Your Home

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • March 27, 2019

Tips To Balance Out Your Home Humidity Levels

Keeping your home comfortable can definitely be a struggle—especially when it comes to humidity. The humidity levels in your home need to be like Goldilocks and the Three Bears—not too high, not too low, but just right.

Maintaining just the right humidity level in your home is usually easier said than done (especially down here in the South). Each home is different, and some might trap more moisture than others!

If you think the air in your home is too moist, or too dry, we have some tips for you! Here are a few ways to keep your home perfectly comfortable all year long.

Homes With High Humidity Levels

Homes with excess moisture in the air are a little more difficult to treat than homes that are too dry. However, there are plenty of ways to decrease the humidity in your home!

If you’re unsure if your home has high humidity levels or not, check for these key signs of moisture:

Signs of increased humidity levels

    • Mold in corners and on your ceiling
    • Peeling paint and wallpaper
    • Moisture stains
    • A musty odor
  • Condensation on windows and doors

When humidity is in the air, it can stick to and grow on anything. This is why it can cling to the corners of your home, peel your paint and leave nasty stains. If your home constantly looks like it’s sweating, it’s way too humid!

Once moisture has continued to build up for a while, you’ll probably noticed an odor. If you start smelling moisture around your home, chances are you have mold or mildew growing somewhere. Fighting mold and mildew in your home can be tough, so always consult a specialist if it becomes too much to handle!

How to keep moisture levels low

Excess moisture can make your home feel sticky and uncomfortable. To help keep you and your home cool (and balance those high moisture levels!), try:

Installing exhaust fans. Do you know that fan that you normally find in Nana’s kitchen over the stovetop? The one that she turns on after cooking a delicious dinner? That’s the one!

These fans definitely come in handy for decreasing humidity. Consider installing exhaust fans in rooms that typically have more humidity such as your kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. Installing these fans can be expensive, but they are an investment worth making!

Using a dehumidifier. Did you know that dehumidifiers work like air conditioners? With 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.

Dehumidifiers are a great way to remove moisture in the air, and they can be placed anywhere in your home with extra humidity.

Replacing moisture-soaked items. Consider replacing any objects or items in your home that have been heavily affected by moisture. In most cases, mold and mildew growth may have already begun, and it could be too late for smaller repairs.

Soaked items could be sheetrock, bathroom tiles, windows, or other objects—the list goes on! If moisture damage is bad enough, it could impact not only the health of your home but also the health of your family.

If you think your home needs mold and mildew restoration, don’t try to fix it on your own! Always consult a specialist for help.

Homes With Low Humidity Levels

The ideal humidity level in your home should be right around 45 percent. When that level begins to drop, especially in the colder months, you will probably begin to notice the following:

Signs of decreased humidity levels

    • Static electricity
    • Dry skin
    • Dry nose and throat
  • Shrinking wood planks

If you keep getting zapped when you touch a doorknob, or your clothes and blankets are sticking together, your home most likely doesn’t have enough moisture in the air. Low humidity levels can also cause dry skin, and dry out your nose and throat. This could lead to nosebleeds, cracked skin, and overall discomfort.

Dry air can also strip the moisture out of your home, specifically anything with wood. This could be your home’s foundation, doors, windows, walls and more. If you have hardwood floors in your home, you might notice they squeak or have begun to separate. Doors might be more difficult to close, and paneling may be detaching from the wall.

To keep you and your home healthy, you need to add some moisture back into the air!

How to add moisture to the air

Here are a few things you can use in your home to strengthen your humidity levels:

Use a humidifier. Humidifiers will push moisture into the air in the form of mist. There are many different types of humidifiers, so make sure you purchase one that will cover the area of your home where it’s needed most. To avoid refilling it often, try to purchase one that holds plenty of water. Lastly, be sure that you keep it clean and change the filters regularly.

Set out houseplants. Having house plants around your home can help increase humidity levels, among other things. When you water your plants, the moisture will then go back into the air through the process of transpiration. We also recommend keeping your houseplants grouped together, since they will feed off of each other’s humidity.

There are some plants that will add more humidity to the air than others, so be sure to choose the houseplants that work best for you, and your home!

Cook on the stovetop. While this might not always be the most convenient cooking method, cooking on the stovetop will definitely add some steam to the air! Even boiling water on the stove, or using a tea kettle to make your morning cup of joe can make the air less dry!

Killingsworth Services Can Balance Humidity Levels In Your Home

Balancing humidity levels in your home can be tricky. We know that as you go through the year, humidity levels will increase and decrease. The best thing you can do is stay proactive, and monitor your home frequently for signs of damage due to low or high humidity.

However, not everyone has the time to make sure their home is maintaining an ideal humidity level. We do though! If you’re curious about the air in your home, reach out to us! We can take a look at your HVAC, make mold and mildew repairs and restore your home’s air quality.

Got mold? We can fix that. High humidity levels and spring showers can bring lots of unwanted moisture into our homes. To find out what (and what not) to do about the mold and mildew in your home, download our Ultimate Guide To Mold & Mil-Dews & Don’ts!

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