Hello everyone, Kyle here and today we’re going to talk about humidity.
I don’t like humidity. It’s damp, sticky, and makes everything feel hotter than it actually is.
If you’ve ever been anywhere remotely tropical, you’ll have had the dubious joy of a humid day for yourself (or possibly several).
Humidity also causes several other uncomfortable home related problems, including black mold and other forms of fungus, as well as the fact that food goes bad faster and you stick to things.
But there is one thing which humidity is good for: it is easier to heat humidified air, meaning that you spend less on your energy bills.
For this reason, humid air in a home in winter always feels warmer even while the thermostat barely moves.
Humidity can come from a variety of sources in your home. Plants give off humidity, as do things like boiling water and too many people.
Humidity can also come into the home from the outside. And of course, there are humidifiers which inject moisture into the air.
For many people, the ability to artificially place moisture in the air is a godsend because the air is normally too dry for comfort.
However, there are still some parameters to follow when it comes to humidity in your home.
- You should keep your humidity level between 35% and 45%. Any higher than that and mold can grow in your home. Any lower and things like wood floors and furniture may be damaged.
- You can use a humidifier or a dehumidifier to moderate the humidity in your home and keep your comfort levels. These are fairly easy to get in any home depot or department store, but make sure to clean them regularly or mold will grow in them
- Replace your humidifier pad every year to avoid bacteria, spores and other growths from taking hold.
Generally speaking, you’ll want humidity higher in the winter and lower in the summer, but this may not always be the case.
In dry summers you may want to use a humidifier to bring moisture levels back up in your home and in wet winters, of course, you’ll want your humidity levels to be lower.
Many people take their humidity on a day to day basis and use humidity level detectors to make sure their homes stay within recommended limits.
Humidity is a normal part of a healthy home and an important part. Furthermore, it can help you to keep your heating costs down since humid air acts like a giant sponge and retains heat better than dry air.
However, you want to keep humidity to reasonable levels or else you could end up growing a jungle of bacteria and fungus in your home and that’s definitely not something you want!
If you’d like to learn more about heating and humidity, contact Clearview Plumbing and Heating
Clearview Plumbing and Heating is a Calgary Plumbing and Heating company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which is available round the clock to carry out any type of Calgary Plumbing or Heating job.
You can reach us any time at 403-220-0090.