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The Optimum Humidity Range And How To Get There

The humidity level in a home is important to help maintain your new home looking beautiful. Based on an article published by Tarion, out of the Top 10 claims filed by the homeowners, 3 can be avoided by monitoring and maintaining a humidity range of 40%-60%. Google Nest Thermostat is a great tool to measure and monitor your home's humidity. High humidity levels in the summertime feel awful to the occupants and can cause respiratory problems and allergies. It can also damage your home by causing cupping in hardwood floors, sticking doors, peeling paint, and if it goes on, it will cause mold growth, create condensation in the walls and lead to structural damage. The most effective way to battle high humidity is to run your Air Conditioner. Nest thermostat has a nice feature that automatically turns on your AC when it gets too humid in your house. To effectively control the humidity of your home, you can take the following measures as well:

1) Ventilation

Moisture builds up in areas like the kitchen while cooking, or bathrooms when you take a shower. It is always a good idea to keep your exhaust fans running to vent the humidity out.

2) Furnace Filters

Replace your furnace filter every few months. Not only it helps reduce humidity, but it also helps your entire HVAC system run more efficiently and helps your furnace last longer.

3) Open a window

Sometimes your home becomes more humid than outside. Opening a window or two helps ventilate the humidity out.

4) Charcoal Briquettes or Rock Salt

Charcoal and salt help reduce humidity by absorbing humidity and storing water molecules from surrounding environments.

5) Replace your rugs or carpets

Carpets and rugs absorb moisture as well. If you notice your rug is getting damp or smelly, send it to the cleaners.

6) Dehumidifiers

After taking the previous steps, if you still have humidity issues, investing in a dehumidifier is not a bad idea. Dehumidifiers come in different sizes and types.

In the meanwhile, low humidity in the wintertime causes problems as well. It can negatively affect the health of the occupants by promoting respiratory irritations and eczema to name a few. It also can damage your home by gaps in hardwood floors, warping doors, cracks in woodworking, and drywall. You can take these steps to increase your home humidity during the winter months:

1) Steam Humidifiers

Humidifiers are installed in your home. We strongly recommend investing in a Whole-House Steam Humidifier. Based on the manufacturer’s specifications, these can cover up to 6000 sq.ft.

2) Portable Humidifiers

If your whole-house humidifier is not sufficient, use portable humidifiers to add humidity especially on cold winter nights.

3) Hang to Dry your laundry inside

Instead of using your dryer, hang your laundry on a drying rack in your home.

4) Houseplants

Not only do plants help purify the air, but they also produce humidity. They are natural humidifiers and absorb water from the soil and release it from their leaves.

5) Lifestyle

Normal lifestyle creates humidity in the home. Activities like cooking and taking a shower can help to make your home more humid.

You can visit the link below to read Tarion's Top 10 Claims:

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