The short days of winter increase energy costs across North America with furnaces blasting out the heat to keep us comfortable. This often amounts to dry skin, cracked lips and the same results for our homes. You might find static electricity is up, gaps in wood floors are larger or even paint more prone to chipping. Of course sometimes the opposite is true and condensation is the problem. Ways to tell that you have excess moisture in your home are fairly obvious as well, from frosty windows to condensation on door and window frames, as well as peeling paint. That condensation happens for a number of reasons as well. Excess moisture could be a result of a more efficient home, as condensation has nowhere to escape from, compared to older, leakier homes. That moisture comes from showers, plants, washers, dryers, dishwashers and even us humans.

The trick is to find the right balance between excess and insufficient humidity in a home. Here are a few thoughts on how to control the humidity level in your home this winter.

  • Shrink wrap on a window

    If you are in a home with older windows and the budget doesn’t allow for new windows this season, that might  mean plastic shrink wrap is in order to help deter heat and humidity loss. It is relatively cheap and easy to apply to windows that might otherwise have your home hemorrhaging money out those drafty panes.

  • Placing a bowl of water on or near a heat register can also help to add humidity to a dry room.
  • If condensation is a problem, then drying your clothes on a drying rack might also be something to rethink, as that moisture has got to go somewhere and the somewhere is your already moist home.
  • Likewise, bringing firewood into a home can also add humidity, as when the wood dries that moisture is transferred to your room.
  • A Bathroom exhaust fan can help reduce humidity in a home

    Running properly vented exhaust fans (vented outside) is key to drawing excess moisture away from walls and windows.

  • Relocating plants further away from windows can help to reduce condensation on them.
  • Opening blinds during the day and closing them at night can help to control airflow on the glass, thereby assisting in excess condensation on them.
  • Installing a humidifier on your furnace can help to monitor and control your humidity levels.
  • Have your furnace properly inspected each season to make sure it is running efficiently.

 

Do you have problems with humidity in your home? What are some of your tips and tricks to control it? Share your best suggestions with me today!

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