Do You Know How to Spot an Indoor Humidity Problem?

Do You Know How to Spot an Indoor Humidity Problem?An indoor humidity problem affects HVAC efficiency and the health and comfort of household members. It also can damage your home and possessions. Ideally, indoor humidity should be 35–55 percent year-round, but you need an proactive strategy in place to accomplish this. Consider these tips to spot and mitigate humidity problems.

How to Spot Humidity Problems

  • Comfort: If you are uncomfortable in your Long Island home due to dry, itchy skin or sticky indoor air, you have a year-round humidity problem.
  • Mold: Mold and mildew development anywhere in the home, including the attic, basement, and interior spaces, means humidity is too high.
  • Health: Dry skin, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes during the heating months indicate the air in your home is too dry.
  • Condensation: Condensation occurs when warm damp air comes into contact with a cooler surface, such as windows, exterior walls, piping, and ducts. In this instance, you should reduce humidity.
  • Hygrometer: Stop by your local hardware store and pick up a handheld hygrometer. You can use a hygrometer anywhere in your home to measure humidity levels.
  • Furnishings and flooring: Wood and cork flooring may bow and warp with excessive indoor moisture. If humidity is too low, splitting may occur in wood furnishings, flooring, and your home’s structure.

Mitigating Humidity Problems

Indoor humidity problems, whether too damp or too dry, may be effectively mitigated by adjusting your activities and by mechanical means. For example, during the humid cooling months, limit cooking, bathing, and cleaning to early morning and late evening hours. If indoor air is too dry during the heating months, these same activities add much needed moisture to your home. Consider these additional strategies:

  • Ventilation: Use kitchen and bathroom vents to remove moisture when humidity is high. Consider installing a whole-home ventilation system to promote air exchange.
  • Managing humidity: Portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers are effective for managing humidity in small areas. Whole-home systems attached to the air ducts increase or decrease indoor humidity as needed to maintain optimal levels.

If you need professional assistance mitigating an indoor humidity problem in your Long Island home, please contact the pros at Cool Power, LLC today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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