Avoiding Flooring Problems:
Controlling Humidity Levels in Your Home
Dealing with excessive humidity is not comfortable or fun. It’s even worse when there are higher humidity and moisture levels in your home. It can often feel warm, sticky, and just plain gross. But there’s more danger behind it than just feeling bad. Higher humidity and moisture levels can be an extreme threat to your property, including the structure, surfaces, and condition.
Did you know, for instance, that excessive moisture can damage wood, paint, insulation, and siding? What about the fact that it’s highly susceptible to allergens and pollutants like dust mites, mold, and mildew? All of those things can cause severe problems for your lungs, even more so if you suffer from allergies, asthma, and existing pulmonary ailments.
Energy Star states that ideal indoor humidity levels are between 30 and 50%. It’s in your best interest to follow that recommendation. Keeping humidity levels inside your home manageable will improve your comfort, but it will also improve the air quality and reliability of your home.
However, you may not know that the ideal humidity levels fluctuate from room to room and season to season. A bedroom requires about 50% relative humidity year-round, to help reduce dust mites and allergens. You can sleep better too by maintaining proper humidity levels, which should stay at a sufficient moist because it’s much kinder on your mucous membranes.
Furthermore, although the ideal humidity levels are less than 60% in the summer, those numbers drop to 25% and 40% in the winter. Having higher humidity during colder months can cause complications too.
The problem is lowering humidity. How do you keep it manageable, and lessen it when it gets bad? What causes high humidity in a house?
We’ll give you helpful tips to keep your home comfortable and humidity-free through the hottest days of Pennsylvania summer, and the rest of the year. (Home Climates)