How you deal with humidity in your house is a significant factor for your comfort and health. Generally, the ideal humidity level is between 30% and 50%. Indeed, when it comes to humidity, a perfect balance is what we are looking for.

The effects of a too-low humidity level

If there’s not enough humidity, you’ll have a dry nose, throat, and skin. You may experience cold and allergy symptoms more frequently. You may also feel tired and have poorer concentration.

Air that’s too dry will also affect your home. Less humidity means more dust. Your wooden objects and furniture could dry out and crack.

Discomforts of a high-humidity environment

Too much humidity is also harmful. Too much moisture is directly linked to mould, mildew, dust mites, and fungi development. These can lead to allergies and other respiratory problems. Humidity can also create issues with saltpetre, a mineral salt deposit that can cause digestive problems.

Mould can also cause severe damage to furniture and other personal effects.

How to deal with humidity in your house effectively

Maintaining the proper humidity level in the house is very important, summer and winter alike. This directly affects the indoor air quality and environment. Here are a few tips for managing humidity in your home.

  1. Moving plants

    This is a simple trick, but one that can be very effective. Since plants release moisture into the air, they should be moved to drier rooms. Consult your local garden centre if you need advice on which type of plants to choose. If your whole house is too damp, move your plants outside or into a room with an open window to let the moisture out.

  2. Beware of bathrooms and kitchens

    Long showers and baths will humidify your home very quickly. Make sure you use an exhaust fan or at least open the window. Ideally, try to create an air current to let excess moisture escape.

    If your house is too dry, take advantage of the excess humidity! Instead, close the windows and leave the door open, even if it means using a standing fan to distribute the humidity.

    Is it summer? Take cold showers rather than hot ones. You’ll be more refreshed and will avoid adding too much humidity to your home.

    The same goes for the kitchen. Always use your hood if you have one. If not, open the windows whenever possible. Depending on the dish you’re cooking, simply using a lid for your pots will reduce the amount of steam in the air.

  3. Get a heat pump

    Heat pumps are the champions of comfortable air with the right humidity level. There’s no better way to stay comfortable in your home, winter or summer. Many heat pumps have a built-in dehumidifier function. Naturally, a heat pump operating in summer will act as an air conditioner, reducing the humidity in your home.

    If you already have a heat pump and your humidity is still rising, check the evaporator coils. If they’re dirty or damaged, they won’t work as well. Also, check for air infiltration into the house. A heat pump is incredibly efficient, so it’s worth checking to see if there’s a problem.

  4. Use a humidifier and/or dehumidifier

    If you’re struggling to control your humidity, consider getting a humidifier or, on the contrary, a dehumidifier. Having both on hand will give you more control. For example, you could keep the dehumidifier in the basement to remove moisture from the air and prevent mould formation but have a small humidifier on your bedside table to breathe easier at night. Of course, it all depends on the season and your home.

  5. Get a hygrometer

    A hygrometer is a device that lets you know the moisture levels in your home. Knowing this exact data will make it easier for you to manage the humidity in your home, even before you feel the effects.

  6. Ventilate your home

    In summer and winter alike, it’s important to open the windows for at least a few minutes daily to promote good air circulation and eliminate excess humidity. If your home is dry, bringing in fresh air will also help.

  7. Be careful with wet clothes

    Simply air-drying a load of clothes will increase the humidity in your home. If that’s what you want, all the better! Use the driest rooms in your house to dry your laundry. If not, use the dryer or an outdoor dryer. If these two options aren’t available, dry your clothes in a cool room by closing the door and periodically opening the window.

  8. Plugging water leaks

    Leaky pipes or dripping taps are enough to affect the humidity level in your home. Walk around your home and make sure you check for any potential leaks. Look at the pipes and taps themselves, but also pay attention to humidity stains and signs of mould. Don’t hesitate to call in a plumber if in doubt.

  9. Get rid of draughts

    The more airtight your home, the easier it will be to control humidity levels. Make sure your home is well insulated, summer and winter alike.

  10. Use charcoal

    A small bowl of charcoal placed in a room will help reduce humidity. Rock salt and baking soda also work well.

  11. Avoid carpets

    Large, thick carpets trap water vapour and make your rooms more humid. They can also be a haven for dust mites and moulds.

    If your home already tends to be damp, getting rid of your carpets might be wise. At the very least, make sure you clean them regularly. You could also use them only in winter when the heating dries out of the house.

As you can see, managing humidity is not only a question of comfort but also of health. If you’re having trouble controlling the humidity in your home, don’t hesitate to call us. We can advise you and suggest heating and ventilation solutions to suit your needs.

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