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How to Deal with Humidity at Home
The air we breathe and walk through all the time contains moisture, but the air temperature is what keeps this level high or low. When the air is warm and it comes in contact with a cold surface, this results in condensation which becomes a breeding ground for mold spores that circulate around the air as well. High humidity levels make a muggy home, which makes upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, kitchen cleaning, and bathroom cleaning a huge chore that becomes harder in time and may need the services of professional cleaners.
Our daily activities will end up creating more moisture in the air, things like drying clothes, washing; cooking and even our very presence in a room without proper ventilation can easily create more humidity. Once the air contains too much moisture it cannot hold, it reaches a saturation point when it turns back into water and you can see condensation occurring. To keep that from happening around your home and dealing with the subsequent problems such as mold, wood warping and more, you can do quite a few things. The following tips will give you more information on the subject and ways you can stop condensation:
- You can focus on the use of extractor fans around your home, specifically areas rich in humidity such as the kitchen and bathroom. Shutting the doors to these rooms while the extractor fans work will get the job done in most cases, but it will still not be enough in the long run for most problematic areas.
- You can also focus on using dehumidifiers, which provide a tangible and easy to use solution for small and large spaces. They work on extracting water from the air by using different filtering systems and disposing of it into a container you can empty later down the line. Whether they use a desiccant, ionic membrane or thermoelectric cooling really doesn’t matter, the end result is drawing the moisture out of the air and deposing it into a container.
- You need to ensure your rooms will always have proper and adequate ventilation at all times. Trickle vents on your windows will also help a great deal, but you would do well to do more to keep your air away from the saturation point. Using heat recovery ventilation units will allow dumping damp air from your home and bringing fresh air back inside your home through a different grille, then putting it through a heat exchanger so it will be warmed up before bringing it back in. You can also buy a central exchange system which draws moist air out of your home, dumping it outside from all rooms and bringing in clean and fresh air in.
- Make sure you have walls with sufficient insulation so they will be warm and that they won’t become a cause for condensation in the long run.
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