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Finding Your Ideal Humidity

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If the humidity in your Dallas, Texas, home gets too high in summer, it will encourage mold growth and pests, and it’ll make your home feel warmer. If the air is too dry in winter, it will irritate your eyes and sinuses, making colds, allergies, and asthma worse. Dry air also causes static electricity and cracks in walls, wood floors, and furniture. Without the ideal humidity level, you’ll have to spend more on heating and air conditioning to stay comfortable. You can find the ideal humidity for your home by adding ventilation, using a humidifier or dehumidifier, and checking for leaks.

Add Ventilation

Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms often have high humidity because of the heat produced in these areas. You should use exhaust fans and a vent to ward off the effects of heat from cooking, taking hot showers, or drying clothes. Plus, you can use an energy recovery ventilator to bring fresh air into your home without wasting energy or raising the humidity in summer. Heat recovery ventilators work best in winter to keep humidity from dropping too low.

Use a Humidifier

A dehumidifier will effectively address the issue of excess indoor moisture. There are several types of humidifiers available that can make your home more comfortable in winter. The Performance Steam Humidifier adds moisture to your entire home, and the Performance Bypass Humidifier uses the fan on your furnace to save energy. You can use an inexpensive gauge called a hygrometer to easily monitor your humidity levels.

Check for Leaks

Check for air leaks in doors and windows that could let humid air into your home in summer or let cold air in during winter. You should also check your roof and attic for leaks at least once per year. If water gets into your insulation, it could increase humidity and cause mold. Watch for signs of mold like a musty smell or dark spots on the wall or ceiling.

Airwise Heating & Air has more than 25 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of equipment, including whole-home dehumidifiers or humidifiers. Call us at (817) 444-0090 for more information.

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