If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t pay much mind to the relative humidity levels inside your house — but you should. Most people only notice humidity when it becomes excessive or when there’s not quite enough of it, but for health reasons, there’s a happy medium for indoor humidity that every homeowner should strive to maintain. What can happen when humidity levels get out of control inside your home? Our Dust Doctors team explains below.
How Do You Know if Your Home is Too Humid?
Does the air inside your home feel heavy and moist? Do the interior of windows fog up easily? Can you feel or see condensation on any surfaces around your home? If any of these signs ring true, the interior of your home is far too humid, and unfortunately, that humidity may be affecting your health — and not in a good way.
Excess humidity doesn’t just feel uncomfortable; when allowed to persist unchecked, it can trigger a cascade of consequences around the house, none of which contribute to a healthy, happy home. What kind of consequences might you encounter?
● Mold and mildew growth
● Deterioration or rotting of your home’s structural components
● Pest infestations
● Respiratory issues
So what causes too much moisture in your indoor air? We’ll take a look below.
Why Are Some Homes More Humid Than Others?
If you have an HVAC system, the health of your air conditioner plays a major role in determining the amount of moisture that accumulates inside your home. If you neglect routine a/c cleaning, your air conditioner cannot efficiently remove moisture and heat from the air, which can make your indoor air feel heavy, moist, and even musty. But your A/C isn’t the only contributor to high humidity levels; the following culprits are also common:
● Household leaks. If you have a leaky roof, windows, or doors, moisture will inevitably enter your home from outside. Though it will eventually evaporate, unlike outdoor moisture that travels upward into the clouds, indoor moisture really has nowhere else to go.
● Water around your foundation. If your property doesn’t have an efficient water drainage system or you don’t have gutters, water can quickly accumulate around your home’s foundation when it rains. If it has nowhere to drain, it will gradually seep into the foundation, and if the problem persists long enough, that moisture will eventually travel into the structure of your home.
● Household activities involving water. Anything you do inside your home that involves water will add moisture to the air. Showering, running the dishwasher, washing dishes, etc. — they all increase the relative humidity within your walls.
As mentioned, your HVAC system is designed to remove excess humidity from your indoor air. But to do its job efficiently, it requires routine maintenance and cleaning, preferably on a yearly basis. In many households, dust and debris accumulation inside the attached ductwork also limits the HVAC system’s ability to maintain appropriate indoor humidity levels.
To remedy the problem, professional duct cleaning and a/c cleaning are great first steps. From there; you’ll also want to consider installing humidity control and air filtration devices to reduce moisture-related fungal development and associated health problems.
Need to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality? Contact Dust Doctors Today
If excessive indoor humidity is affecting your indoor air quality, our team at Dust Doctors is here to help. We specialize in a variety of services designed to improve the quality of your indoor air, including duct cleaning, a/c cleaning, furnace cleaning, and air purification systems, among others. To learn more about our services, request your free quote, or schedule an appointment, contact our team today at 651-319-9777 or send us a message via our contact page, and we’ll be in touch promptly.
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