A relative humidity of between 30 and 55 percent should be comfortable for most people. When the percentage falls below 30 percent, the air is said to be too dry and can harm the homeowner’s health besides causing havoc on structural integrity. Conversely, when the level goes above 55 percent, the air has too much moisture and will also present problems to the home’s inhabitants and the structure. Excess humidity is a breeding ground for pets, mold, and rot. In regards to health, high levels of humidity can cause headaches, dehydration, and heat strokes. Now that you have a glimpse of why the humidity levels in your house matter, let’s look at what contributes to humidity levels in the house.
A faulty Air conditioner is one sure cause of humidity problems in the house, but you’ll be surprised to know that it’s the daily activities that actually contribute to excess moisture in the first place. For instance, whenever you shower, there’s lots of steam rising into the air contributing to increased humidity. Boiling water on the stove will also increase humidity levels as the water evaporates. Without proper ventilation or cooker hood extractor fans, the moisture will begin to wreck your cupboards. Another common chore is drying clothes. A load of laundry is said to release 2 liters of water into the air. Whenever you dry clothes inside the house, you’re literally throwing about a quarter a bucket of water into thin air. Think about it: if you dry clothes inside the house, this water has to go somewhere; the water rises into the air and causes dampness. You will notice the results over time as your wall paint begins to peel or worse still when your family members start complaining about respiratory illnesses.
So that you can take action, it’s important you learn how to spot signs of excess humidity in the house. One of the most noticeable signs of excess humidity is your skin which will often feel moist and clammy when you’re indoors. Mold is another obvious sign. If your house begins to smell misty, followed up with black spots on your walls- especially in high moisture rooms like the bathroom, then you have a high humidity problem to deal with. Another sign to be on the lookout for is foggy windows, especially early in the morning when you wake up. Essentially, humidity is vaporized in the air and will end up on the surfaces of your house. Windows are easy to tell since they fog-up. Again, respiratory illnesses, headaches, and fatigue combined with the other signs is a sure sign you need to do something about your house’s ventilation.
How you deal with a humidity problem: First and foremost, ventilation is your best bet to winning over. In high moisture areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, make sure you install vent fans and leave them running longer. An air conditioning system that is working properly should adequately remove moisture from the air. However, when humidity levels spikes, low-efficiency air conditioners may fail to remove excess humidity. If your air conditioner is in perfect shape and you’re still experiencing the humidity signs up there, the best way to contend with the problem is to have our air conditioning repair technicians install a dehumidifier on your HVAC system. Dehumidifiers are paired with AC systems to pull moisture from the air in one fell swoop.