Experiencing Moisture Problems in Your House?
A home’s humidity level is one of those things that often go overlooked until it starts to cause noticeable problems. Maintaining a proper moisture level keeps you and your family more comfortable and prevents any long-term health issues from arising. Here at Shanco, we understand how to handle moisture issues better than most, and we want to share that information with you so you can keep a happier and healthier home.
Moisture Problems in Your House
Does your home have too much or too little moisture in the air? If so, you may start to notice some undesirable side effects on both the state of your home and your family’s health. It’s hard to tell what the moisture level is without a hygrometer, so investing in one of these should be the first thing you do if you want to control the humidity in your home more accurately. A hygrometer tells you what the humidity levels are and allows you to target the perfect level to keep your home and your family safe. For the best results, you want to aim to keep your home’s humidity level anywhere between 30 and 50%.
Too Little Moisture
If the humidity levels in your home are consistently below 30%, you will start to see its effects on your home and your family’s comfort and health. In order to make up for the lack of moisture in your home, the air will start drawing moisture from everywhere it can, which includes you, your family, wood, paint, and anything else with any amount of moisture in it.
When it comes to your health, a lack of moisture is no small matter. It can lead to dry eyes, an itchy throat, dry skin, and it can make you more susceptible to catching a cold. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to invest in a humidifier or try using other methods of increasing moisture in the air.
Aside from the negative health effects, too little moisture can cause damage to the structural integrity of the components of your home. A lack of moisture will cause any wood in your home to dehydrate, which leads to it becoming brittle and malformed. It can also cause the paint or wallpaper on your walls to shrink, crack and peel.
Too Much Moisture
Now that you know what happens when there isn’t enough moisture, what happens when there is too much moisture in your home? If the air inside your home is above the 50% mark, that is, it has excess moisture, then it will begin to saturate everything inside. Excess moisture makes a home feel warmer than it is and can lead to increased electric bills as your air conditioner tries to compensate for it.
Excess moisture can also cause severe health problems by way of mold and mildew. If left untreated, a high humidity level will saturate your walls, floors, and furniture, causing mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew create serious health problems and should never be taken lightly.
Home Moisture Control
Now that you know what happens when your home has too much or too little moisture, it is time to cover how you deal with either one of these problems.
Increasing the moisture in your home leads to a more comfortable and healthier environment for you and your family. The easiest way to increase your home’s moisture levels is by using a humidifier. A humidifier pumps moisture into the air to compensate for its absence. Portable humidifiers offer less control, but they are more affordable than having a whole-home humidifier installed in your air unit.
If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, you can do some other simple tricks to slightly increase your home’s moisture. One of the main ones is to shower with the door open as it lets the steam from a hot shower travel throughout the house instead of being sucked up through the vent. Another simple thing you can do is not use a vent when cooking, especially if you’re boiling water.
If your home is too humid, then the best way to get rid of some is to place dehumidifiers throughout your home. These can be electric dehumidifiers or products like Damp-Rid. These products don’t use electricity, but like a dehumidifier, they suck the moisture out of the air.
If you don’t want to purchase anything, you can use things in your home to decrease the humidity. Two of the most effective ways to do this are running your exhaust fans and air conditioner longer. Another thing that helps is to reduce the temperature and duration of your showers.
Shanco Home Repairs
Moisture problems are unpleasant no matter which side of the scale they are on. Too much and too little moisture will cause problems to your home and your health and should be dealt with promptly. Contact Shanco today for more information on moisture issues, and repairs of the damage caused by them.