Is humidity affecting your home heating and cooling? Would you like to learn how to maintain proper humidity levels in your house?

When it comes to home heating and cooling, internal humidity is your biggest enemy as the amount of heat the air can hold depends on humidity. Air can hold more heat when it is humid. Therefore you need to maintain higher levels of humidity during the winter months and lower levels during the summer months. Humidity levels between 30% and 45% are ideal during the summer months and humidity levels between 45% and 55% are ideal during the winter months.

You don’t want to go too high as it will just make it sultry and in the process you will sweat a lot and feel uncomfortable.

Here are some tips on how to maintain proper humidity levels in your house…

Get a humidifier and dehumidifier:

When humidity levels are low you can use a humidifier and when humidity levels are high you can use the dehumidifier. Having these two tools will not only make you more comfortable, but will also save you money as your AC and heating system will use less energy.

Make use of exhaust fans:

Place exhaust fans on or near the ceiling in your bathrooms to get rid of humid air. Continue to let it run for 5 to 15 minutes after your shower.

Also add a humidity extractor to your kitchen as cooking has the ability to increase humidity levels.

Open the windows when it gets too humid inside:

If it gets too humid inside the house, you can get rid of the humid air quickly by opening the windows. Don’t leave it open for too long though, you just want to allot sufficient time for the humid air to diffuse out and for less humid air to enter.

Install a hygrometer:

A hygrometer can help measure humidity so install one in your house. It will help you maintain optimum humidity levels.

Move humidity generating devices:

Move humidity generating devices like your electric clothes dryer to less frequented rooms where you can leave a window open to force out all humidity.

These tips should help maintain proper humidity levels in your house. Did we forget to add anything important? Please leave your comments below.