Ways to Lower/Raise Your Homes Humidity

May 2nd, 2018
Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home is a crucial part to ensuring your overall comfort. There are both financial and health benefits to consider when talking about humidity levels. Living in Wisconsin, we know all too well that our weather (and humidity) can flex in a moment’s notice. Our summers can be hot and oh so humid, and our winters can be bitter cold causing us to blast our heat and dry out our air (nothing like frizzy hair, getting zapped by a door knob and waking up with a sore, dry throat!).

High humidity levels can cause all sorts of problems in the home. They help encourage the growth of mold, mildew and spores, rust and corrosion on metal fixtures, and wood swelling and warping. These can all cause unsightly and expensive problems! Don’t forget the potential health risks they can cause as well.

Lowering your humidity levels can start with a few simple changes.

  • First and foremost, humidity becomes more problematic when the air in your home isn’t moving. If you can open your windows, do it! This will allow a cross breeze to develop, helping more humid air in your home circulate out.
  • Take shorter showers. One of the biggest culprits of home humidity is the steam coming out of your shower. The longer the shower, the more steam. More steam, more humidity.
  • Replace your air filter. While the purpose of the air filter is to reduce dust and improve air quality, as it gets dirty, it becomes less permeable. That means it is harder for air to pass through the filter as it cycles through your HVAC system. (Check out our article on the importance of changing your furnace filter in the related posts to the right!)
  • Installing a whole-house dehumidification system. A dehumidifier can be installed in both new and existing homes. Speak to a professional about finding the right system for your home.

Low humidity levels can also cause problems for homeowners. Low humidity can cause skin irritation, dry skin, breathing issues, irritate your nasal passages and throat, bloody noses and cracked lips and make your eyes itchy, and of course, static electricity. Low indoor humidity is a bigger issue in winter months, when heaters and cooler temperatures combine to lower the moisture levels in the air. A Humidifier can help soothe these familiar problems caused by dry indoor air. Humidifiers range in size from those that filter through your entire home to those that are best suited for one room of the house. This is the best and easiest way to add humidity quickly.

Whether you are looking to raise or lower the humidity levels in your home, we can help! Reach out today at 262-554-6083 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation in home estimate to determine what the best solution is to ensure you are comfortable in your home!