Your home tirelessly resists extreme weather, but humidity is a perennial issue that can seep into your home through the tiniest of openings. Once inside it can make it harder for your air conditioner to keep you comfortable. Fortunately, there are several surefire strategies you can follow to eliminate a humidity problem.
Weak Points in Your Home
Homes are designed to be relatively airtight and waterproof, but over time, they develop cracks and broken seals that let in air and moisture. Doors and windows are typically the worst offenders, but HVAC ducts and electrical boxes also create potential intrusion points.
Health and Safety Effects
A high RH, or relative humidity, creates a breeding ground for allergens, which can irritate allergies. That moisture can also swell up building materials such as wood. Plaster and wood floors are especially susceptible to moisture damage, and they can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair. Additionally, humid air costs more to condition, so your energy bills will be higher if your home has an RH above 60 percent.
What You Can Do About Humidity
Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with moist air. Even modestly sized dehumidifiers can keep the air comfortable, but they produce heat and require additional cooling. If you have air that is uncomfortably dry, a humidifier can provide immediate relief. With both pieces of equipment, you’ll be able to handle both wet and dry months.
The best way to moderate your home’s RH level is to ensure that it is airtight and waterproof. Inspect caulking and weather sealing around doors and windows at least once per year and repair as necessary. Newer HVAC systems also excel at maintaining a constant RH level, so if you are constantly feeling damp or dry, it might be time to replace your system.
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