Signs of high humidity and how to control it

Humidity is good but mind you! levelled humidity. And by levelled humidity, we mean relative humidity of 35% - 45% in the air. Whenever this level goes down or rises extraordinarily up, it causes problems both for the home and the homeowners. While not all homes have a humidity meter installed, there are some signs that can help indicate insufficient or excessive humidity. Since we are closer to the summer, in which humidity level rises, this blog is on the signs of excessive humidity and ways to control it.

Signs that your home has excessive humidity

- Mould production

One of the most common and easily observed signs of excessive humidity is the presence (and rapid spread of mould). Any place in your home with insufficient air circulation is likely to produce mould more quickly. You can find green and black spots on walls, ceilings or in cupboards, usually of bathroom and kitchen. Using exhaust fans at the time of cooking, bathing can reduce the risks of the further spread of mould. As a permanent solution, best is to install a dehumidifier or an Air Conditioner that offers advanced dehumidification controls.

- Sweating

When there's a lot of moisture in the air, it condenses as it rises. And this moisture makes patches on walls, ceilings or windows etc. You can find large yellow spots on walls as a consequence of sweating or slippery windows and floors also indicate excessive moisture.

- Creaky Floor

The wooden floors, in constantly high humidity, will begin to smell. Marble and other material often times begin to creak. If your home is constantly under a high humidity condition, chances are your floor will creak and will always be felt wet.

- Soggy food

Ever happened to you that you opened the jar of chips and they were rather soggy instead of crispy? That's also a sign of high humidity when dry food items begin to get soggy. A soggy chocolate chip biscuit can tell you very loudly what ruined it.

- Worsening Allergies

In addition to all the above-mentioned signs, another is worsening allergies. Overly humidified air doesn't let the pollutants and allergens to exhaust quickly. They remain floating in the air for long causing allergies and making them long term. Moreover, a constantly high-level relative humidity is also proven to increase the risks of cancer among the homeowners.

What to do?

With all those signs, what is the best way to monitor and control the humidity level in the indoor? Can a common homeowner keep a check on humidity by himself? Here are some solutions.

- The first and foremost is to follow the right practices. Mostly, the cause of a sudden rise in indoor humidity is a consequence of homeowner's own malpractices like leaving bathroom walls wet after a bath and keeping the kitchen wet etc. Fix the causes!

- Once you are done with cleaning the already build-up mould, consider installing a Dehumidifier as a good and permanent solution to keep humidity under control. This is the best you can do to control a constantly surfacing problem of humidity

- Dehumidifiers are separate appliances that many homeowners find either a burden on their budget or an additional maintenance to do. If dehumidifiers aren't compatible with you, consider replacing your Air Conditioning unit with the one that offers advanced dehumidification controls. This will automatically provide you with levelled humidity

- Smart Thermostats offer data regarding indoor/outdoor temperature as well as humidity. Installing one can keep you aware of what humidity level you are living under allowing you to install a solution in time or change the practices that are causing it.

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