Reducing Indoor Humidity During the Winter
Running the air conditioning to reduce interior humidity is an easy way to take care of excess moisture in the air. It is not always the best way, however, because it makes the room cold. Did you ever think you would have to use ratios and formulas to determine if your home has the right level of relative humidity to keep everyone healthy and happy? There are simple ways to find out if the humidity is too high and needs to be adjusted.
First of all, we know a certain amount of moisture in the air is needed. Like other living things, a portion of our body is made up of water: it is hard to believe, but for adults, it ranges between 50 and 60 percent. Air needs moisture, too, and when too much moisture is taken out of our environment, the air sucks it right out of our bodies. Hence the dry skin, hair and lips during the wintertime, even for those enjoying pleasant weather. When the humidity is off-kilter in the house, it causes problems with home maintenance and health.
Causes of Humidity During Winter
You may have experienced the problems caused by low humidity from heating such as static electricity. It causes hair to stand up or shocked hands from the doorknob after walking across the carpet. Amazingly, some environments encourage high wintertime home humidity. There is a larger difference between outside and inside temperatures during the winter. Colder air has difficulty holding moisture, so the inside benefits by absorbing vapor. Everyday activities like taking a shower and operating the clothes dryer add humidity. Perhaps your home is too air-tight or a humidifier is left on longer than necessary.
Steps for Prevention
Check online for the free humidity meter, as it provides a quick guesstimate of interior humidity. Next, analyze things that add to the moisture, discounting the living, breathing creatures that are nice to keep around. Make certain your dryer is vented properly and that crawlspaces and basements are not wet or damp. Request a professional home inspection to verify your home has the necessary vent fans, weather sealing and insulation. The gathering of condensation that turns into pools of water in crawl spaces, floors, walls and ceilings is minimized with a vapor retarder, which controls water vapor movement. Dehumidifiers work in conjunction with air conditioning and fans to reduce moisture.
Effects on Health
Dust mites take up residence in the carpet, while mold and rot thrive in high humidity, often taking residence between walls, behind toilets and along windowsills and shower tiles. That causes problems with allergies and sneezing. Reducing indoor humidity to a recommended level is both healthy and wise.
Are your air ducts in need of some cleaning or perhaps your air conditioner is in need of repair? Contact Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating today to ensure that your home is ready for the warm temperatures that San Antonio has to offer.