While homes need a certain amount of moisture in the air for comfort and health, too high a level can lead to trouble. It’s important to keep an eye on the level of dampness in your space to avoid a potential problem for your health and your home. Being aware of early warning signs is the best way to take control and bring the moisture level back into a healthy and safe range. Before you can lower humidity, you must first be aware of some of the warning signs:
Typical Signs: For some homes, high humidity levels might be blatantly obvious. If you feel as though you’re entering a sauna every time you walk through the front door, or you feel sticky when being inside, your level is too high. Less obvious signs can indicate an imbalance and if left unresolved can lead to more serious problems. If someone in your home suffers from allergies, that could be a sign that you need to reduce your humidity levels. Water stains on the walls and ceilings, or mold and musty smells are an indicator that you need to get help fast.
Humidity Problems: Having a high level of humidity in your home can lead to a number of health and home related issues. Besides allergies, high humidity can damage a home and its contents. If left untreated, excess moisture in the air can wreak havoc on furniture and the home’s structure. It’s important to bring the humidity level down to a normal range between 30 and 50 percent.
Moisture Sources: Excessive humidity can be caused by an array of things around the house--a leaky roof, improper ventilation, a damp basement or simply too many houseplants! Take care of the smaller fixes first and then move on to the bigger projects. Consider putting your plant outdoors, fixing roof leaks or checking to make sure your dryer is vented to the outside will all help the issue. If the problem persists, call your HVAC specialists to make sure that your furnace and air conditioner are the right size for the square footage of your home.
Add a Dehumidifier: Adding a dehumidifier will help lower the moisture in your living space by drawing excess water out of the air. Contact your HVAC professionals to have a dehumidifier installed in your home to maximize the comfort at home and to ensure the health and safety of your family.
Don’t suffer in humid conditions! Installing a high capacity dehumidifier is one step in helping to achieve total comfort in your home. And while it’s still warm, don’t forget to keep those air conditioners running too, which will contribute to minimizing the negative effects of humidity. For more information on how A.B May can help you and your family remain comfortable at home, visit us here, or give us a call at 913-370-4898.