Dehumidify Your Life, One Step at a Time

Besides comfort, humidity can impact your health and the life of your home—especially when mold and fungi enter into the equation.

Humidity is hard to escape, whether it’s muggy air that clings to your skin or legs that stick to the car seat. Besides comfort, humidity can impact your health and the life of your home—especially when mold and fungi enter into the equation.  

Know Your Enemy

If your bathroom is feeling a bit steamy, or you’re simply concerned about indoor moisture levels, one of the best ways to check your home’s humidity levels is a hygrometer.

Fun fact: many hygrometers use a single human hair as a way of gauging moisture changes in the air. When measuring indoor humidity, most devices use the same metric as TV weather reports: relative humidity. Using a sliding scale, relative humidity gives a percentage based on how much water vapour is contained in the air at a specific temperature.  

Healthy levels of humidity in the summer should sit at less than 50 percent, and for the winter, less than 30 percent. If humidity is over 60 percent at any time of the year, your home may be a fertile breeding ground for toxic mold and fungi.

Problem Areas

Whenever you bathe, boil coffee, or wash the dishes, water vapor is released into the air, increasing your home’s overall humidity. Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, window sills, and improperly-vented laundry rooms are the main offenders.

Once again, a hygrometer is a great way to test any suspect areas for excess humidity. It’s better to deal with a moisture problem quickly. That is, before it has the chance to become a real problem.

The Mold Connection

Humidity and mold go hand in hand. Besides being linked to respiratory problems—such as nose, throat, and lung irritation—mold may also lead to infections in vulnerable individuals. Some telltale signs of mold are stains or spots on your floors, walls, and windowpanes. Areas of dampness should also be investigated. Pay close attention to areas that have an earthy, soily, or musty smell.  

From Toxic Jungle to Desert Oasis

There are a number of quick fixes to reduce humidity within the home, from venting appliances outdoors to ensuring adequate air flow.

For a more dramatic results, here are a few quick tips:

  • Use a Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier works in a similar way to an air conditioner. Basically, a fan pulls hot, moist air in from the surrounding area and then passes it over a cooling coil. The condensation then collects in a bucket and is removed manually.
  • Invest in a Ductless Cooling and Heating Solution: As part of their design, ductless systems push hot, moist air over cold evaporator coils. Humidity is removed from the air via a condensation process with the waste liquid being pumped outside.
  • Open Your Windows: While not as advanced as the other solutions listed, opening your windows is a good way to get the air flowing.

Takeaway

Don’t let an out-of-control humidity problem turn your home into a swampy mess. With all the potential side effects of a moldy residence, it’s not worth it to wait. Do your house a favor and get those humidity levels in check.


Sources

United States Environmental Protection Agency: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home


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