The humid summers and snowy winters in Monmouth County put your home at risk for high indoor humidity. By catching a humidity problem early, you can prevent damage to your home and health.
A Humidity Problem Leaves Clear Signs
A warm, humid home provides ideal conditions for mold growth, and mold spots are one of the clearest signs of excess humidity. These spots commonly form in the ceiling corners, especially in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as on walls behind furniture and under rugs. Mold can develop inside walls and under floors, too. A musty odor suggests the presence of mold even if you don’t see it. Also check for bubbling or peeling wallpaper.
In addition to mold, dust mites and cockroaches also thrive in humid homes. The air contamination they cause can lead to allergy flare-ups and more frequent asthma attacks.
While window condensation is normal on very cold days, frequent window condensation suggests high indoor humidity. In this case, you may also notice rust or deterioration around your window frames.
When your home’s humidity is too high, you’ll feel hot and sticky in summer and chilly in winter even with the A/C or heat set to what should be comfortable temperatures. If you’re spending a lot on air conditioning and heating, but never feel comfortable, a humidity problem could be the cause.
For a more accurate test, hang a hygrometer on your wall. A reading above 50 percent means you have high humidity.
Take Control of Your Humidity
To avoid unwanted humidity, cut back on long, hot showers, hang laundry outdoors to dry, and keep your house plants in one room. Caulk and weatherstrip exterior doors and windows to keep out humid air.
Remember to use your exhaust fans for around 20 minutes after cooking or showering. To control window condensation, consider installing trickle vents. If you’re still experiencing excess humidity, your home may be a good candidate for a whole-house ventilation system.
If you suspect you have a humidity problem, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors for guidance in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
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