Home Humidity: Strike a Balance for Comfort in Your Pinehurst Area Home
- October 15, 2013
Striking a balance in home humidity is an important step in encouraging good indoor air quality and improving the comfort of your home. If you’re among the many homeowners who are struggling to balance home humidity levels, here are a few simple tips to get you on the right track.
Locate and Remove Moisture
Humidity levels in your home may get out of hand if sources of moisture are not dealt with. Standing water caused by plumbing leaks or other issues may lead to mold and bacteria growth, and humid environments are breeding grounds for viruses. Children and household pets are especially vulnerable to poor indoor air quality caused by unbalanced home humidity, so taking care of this problem sooner than later should be a priority.
Get a Humidifier or Dehumidifier
Depending on your situation, you may want to purchase a whole-house dehumidifier or humidifier to quickly bring your moisture levels to a desirable level. High humidity in the home during the summer can be uncomfortable, creating an unbearable clammy, sticky feeling. During the winter, constantly heating the home can create an arid household, and the dry air can make allergy or asthma problems worse. For localized humidity issues, consider getting a portable humidifier or dehumidifier. If you have a larger residence that has ongoing issues with humidity, a whole-house system (of either humidifier or dehumidifier) is likely needed.
Seal Any Air Leaks
An trusted HVAC professional can examine your home for leaks that allow moisture inside and seal them. You may also want to buy door draft stoppers for your home’s front and back doors to keep conditioned air inside. Old windows, too, may allow conditioned air to escape or outside air to infiltrate, potentially leading to an imbalance in your home humidity. Consider purchasing new Energy Star certified windows to address this issue.>
For assistance with evaluating and adjusting your Moore County home humidity levels, contact the experienced professionals at Comfort Services, Inc.