Remedy Excess Humidity In Your Home

January 20, 2016

 

The right amount of humidity in your home makes you comfortable and healthy… but too much humidity can cause many problems ranging from damage to your home, to damage to your health! If you notice your house has a humidity problem; condensation on the windows and walls, mould or mildew growth etc.. the first thing you should do is find the source of the humidity. Showering, doing laundry, and cooking all generate a lot of moisture that can accumulate and cause issues if not dealt with properly. Running exhaust fans while doing these activities can help reduce the humidity levels.

 

Humidity can lead to mould and mildew growth which can cause a slew of health problems

ranging from asthma and allergies, to mould toxicity.

 

If your heating system has a humidifier, the first thing to do is check the setting and make sure it is appropriate for the outside temperature. The colder the outdoor temperature, the lower the setting should be.

 

Below is a chart for suggested humidity settings.

 

OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE      RECOMMENDED RELATIVE HUMIDITY

-30C OR BELOW                         15%

 

-30C TO -24C                              20%

 

-24C TO -18C                              25%

 

-18C TO -12C                              35%

 

-12C TO 0C                                 40%

 

You can run a dehumidifier to  reduce the humidity in your home. These are usually very effective and some models also purify and filter the air which generally improve air quality.

 

One of the best things you can do to improve ventilation and air quality indoors is to have your ducts cleaned.Your air ducts are home to dust, dirt, mould, bacteria, construction garbage, flakes of skin and hair. These contaminants are released into the atmosphere of your home, causing indoor air pollution, and environmental sensitivity.  The air ducts require periodic cleaning to reduce these airborne contaminants and to create a cleaner safer home for you and your family. Once they are clean and clear they will also do a better job at ventilating and therefore reducing the humidity in your home to an acceptable level.

 

Georgian Duct Cleaning is a family owned business in Simcoe County with over 20 years experience working with residential, commercial and industrial HVAC ducts. Call us for a free quote or for more information. (705) 722-5952 Or 1-800-363-2563

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