Why is proper humidity important?
Here in Colorado, we don’t have to worry about the issues of high humidity that affect much of the country, like mold, mildew and other contaminants that can grow in a home with humid conditions. However, too little humidity can cause problems as well. Overly dry air can cause wood and other materials to crack and splinter. It can also leave us with dry throats and nasal passages that lead to coughs. In addition to the problems mentioned above, too little humidity can affect your comfort level. Maintaining the proper balance is key. Homes should have between 30 and 45 percent humidity during summer months and between 25 and 40 percent humidity during the winter months. These levels provide comfort while not overworking your HVAC system.
How can humidity in my home be adjusted?
1. Measure your home’s humidity.
The first step is to get an accurate measurement of the humidity level inside your home. A wireless weather station is one way to monitor it.
2. Let Your Clothes Air-Dry
Save some energy, skip the dryer, and line-dry your clothes in your home on a drying rack. If you have the extra space, this is a great way to get more moisture into the air.
3. Put Bowl(s) Of Water On Top Of Registers
Simply place a metal bowl (or ceramic) on top of your floor register or a radiant heating unit. Depending on the current humidity levels in your home (and how much your heat is blasting) the water will evaporate into the air in your home. It can take about a week for the water to fully evaporate in a medium-sized metal dog bowl.
4. Leave The Door Open When You Shower
Let the steam escape from your bathroom and into the home be leaving the shower open when you shower.
5. Get A Few Houseplants
Houseplants can help in adding humidity to your home. How? Plants continuously release moisture from their leaves and stems of plants as vapor. This process is called transpiration and as long as you keep them watered, they will help aid in regulating humidity.
6. Do More Home Cooking
Specifically, stovetop cooking. The moisture released from cooking on the stove (like boiling water).
7. Use a humidifier if your humidity level is too low.
There are many different types of humidifiers, from portable single-room models to whole house models. If you are not sure what type is best for your home, Contact Gustafson Heating & Air.