Often, homeowners will notice that their home is experiencing poor ventilation, leading to increased humidity, condensation and moisture development inside. While this may not seem like a large problem at first, high indoor humidity levels can actually be quite detrimental to your health as well as to the quality of your home, leading to long term damage. Here are some helpful tips that can enable you to reduce humidity and condensation levels in your home significantly in order to restore quality and comfort inside.
First, you will want to utilize vents in your home. The kitchen is one of the first places to start. In most states, kitchens are required to be constructed with vents installed. So, the likelihood of you not having one is slim. However, if you do not, installing vents in essential. In addition to vents, you may want to go a step further and install a much more powerful exhaust vent which is able to suck moisture and toxins from your kitchen, bringing them outside.
Your bathrooms are also rooms that will need to be ventilated properly and prioritized when you are trying to reduce humidity and condensation levels in your house. When you take a shower or a bath, steam builds up leading to condensation or beading water on the walls. This may seem harmless, but lingering moisture can actually cause serious mold and mildew to develop. In addition, it may attract certain pests and insects that prefer to live in moist, humid environments. Mold and mildew are hard to clean, damage the quality of your house, and can also lead to health concerns such as asthma symptoms, lung problems, allergies and more over time and with increased, regular exposure.
Not only do you need to use vents at home to reduce humidity and condensations levels, but you also need to make sure that they are working properly by doing regular maintenance, about 2 times per year. Always check to ensure that all vents are free and clear of buildup, debris and other possible obstructions. Also, clean or replace vent and duct filters throughout your home to make sure air is flowing and circulating properly. Other maintenance to revue humidity and keep your home is top shape may include noting the importance of annual heat pump tune-ups and an HVAC system inspection by a licensed, qualified professional.
Reducing humidity and condensation is clearly important for you, your home, and your family’s well being. While you may not have thought humidity was a big concern, you now know that it is something that needs to be prioritized in your home and its care. To remove and prevent humidity and condensation levels properly and effectively, you will always be to be sure to utilize vents and fans, especially in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent mold, greasy walls, poor ventilation, respiratory issues, pests and more. Also, regular home maintenance can eliminate and continuously prevent humid conditions and home effectively, while providing you with peace of mind all year long.