Too much moisture in a home can lead to negative effects and repairs. Fortunately, there are several moisture barriers you can install to reduce humidity. Let’s explore the three worst effects moisture has on your home and how to avoid them.
Fluctuating Humidity can Lead to Buckling Floors
When the temperature and humidity levels in your home fluctuate, wood flooring either shrinks or grows. This is why all wood floors are installed with a gap that runs along the edges of a room. Your baseboards usually cover this gap. If the humidity in your home increases quickly, the wood floors will expand. If the gap isn’t big enough to accommodate the growth, you’ll end up with a buckled floor.
Different types of wood are designed for varying temperature and humidity levels, but generally, a home needs to maintain a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees and have a relative humidity level of 35 to 55 percent. To do this, you can use a humidifier or dehumidifier, whichever is necessary.
Too Much Humidity Causes Mildew Growth in Your HVAC System
High humidity levels can be detrimental to your HVAC system. It will cause mildew to grow inside the system, which can lead to a strong, unpleasant smell in your house and even cause irritation to you and your family’s eyes, noses, and throats. Mildew in the HVAC system can even result in skin rashes, headaches, nausea, and more.
Just the same as you can feel the oppressive heat when walking out of your home on a hot summer day, it can feel the same way inside if the humidity level is too high. This is why you want to make sure your HVAC system is working properly and serviced regularly. To be certain that it does not have mold or mildew growing in it, you need to:
- Keep your air conditioner running at all times. To avoid large energy bills, set it to a temperature of 75 degrees.
- Use a UV filter in the HVAC system to help regulate mold spores.
High Humidity Levels Lead to Mold Growth
There are a number of places in your home where mold is likely to grow, including the laundry room, basement, and bathrooms. All of these places have one thing in common — high levels of humidity. Mold is harmful to your health, especially if you have asthma or allergies or suffer from a chronic lung disease. Also, mold in your home can reduce its value by as much as 23 percent.
To prevent mold growth in your home, you will want to:
- Add insulation to cold surfaces, like windows.
- Fix any leaks and seepage.
- Maintain a warm inside temperature when it’s cool outside.
- Keep humidity level below 60 percent.
- Use dehumidifier.
Not only will reducing the humidity in your house make it more comfortable, but it can also lead to energy saving advantages. The more your home maintains the same temperature, the less costly your heating and cooling expenses will be. Make sure to employ the tips outlined above to avoid the negative effects moisture can have on your home.