How do you control humidity in your home?
In our previous blog post, we explained how indoor humidity is a crucial part of home comfort. Humidity levels can affect indoor air quality and how comfortable you are in your home during both the winter and the summer. We know it’s important to control humidity, but what can you use to do so?
There are things that you do in your house that contribute to indoor humidity: boiling pasta, taking a shower, heck…even just sitting around doing nothing. Human beings produce moisture.
Controlling humidity starts right when your HVAC equipment is being installed. Proper HVAC equipment sizing is extremely crucial for system performance, system life AND humidity level regulation. For example, an air conditioner that is too big is not going to run long enough to remove enough humidity from the air. This results in high indoor humidity levels, a hotter home and lower indoor air quality.
Is it as simple as using your thermostat? Well, not necessarily. Your average, “run-of-the-mill” thermostat is not necessarily going to have a way to measure humidity. However, here are a few things that you can add to your home to help keep humidity levels under control.
- Use a humidistat to automatically regulate the humidity in your home.
- Invest in a thermostat with humidity control.
- You can also purchase a whole-home humidifier. Just keep in mind, you don’t want humidity levels to be TOO high. This can lead to mold growth and discomfort.
- Remember when we said taking showers adds humidity to the home? A bathroom vent fan can be a good way to curtail moisture from the shower and prevent mold growth.
- Purchase a dehumidifier if your home gets too humid, especially during the summer. Just make sure the air doesn’t become too dry.
Remember, humidity levels are going to have an impact on comfort and indoor air quality. Talk to your local HVAC contractor about your humidity control options.
What do you use to monitor humidity in your home?