Summer humidity and how it affects your home!
Summer is a beautiful time, full of fun in the sun and an overall increase in leisurely activities. However summer is also known for its intense weather conditions, especially humidity! Humidity can affect us in more ways than we know, especially concerning your home! humidity is the accumulation of water vapor in the air, that reaches past a threshold and becomes physically noticeable. How this affects you and your home:
- Allergies! one of the most commonly faced life issues across the world, has an increased effect when high humidity rolls in. Above 55% humidity homes tend to becomes central locations for allergens like mold, dust, and fungal bacteria. To counteract this, be sure to keep and eye on the weather and plan accordingly by sprucing up your home and sweeping away those dust-mites, scrubbing away that mold and so on! Don’t let your home become something other than a place of peace and joy!
- Increase in energy consumption! Due to the home becoming a warmer place, we tend to use our handy dandy air units to cool off the home. However due to the perceived heat being hotter than it actually is, with relative humidity, we tend to put extra stress on the AC unit, which amps up the bill! However as we know, stone accents on the exterior can help up save money on our home by keeping the temperature down naturally!
- Damages to your home! Excess amounts of moisture in the air can warp wood floors, peel paint, and wallpaper, and even stain walls and ceilings which can cause an unwelcome odor. These repairs can rack up the bills quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on how much moisture is getting into your home and plan accordingly!
- Use vents that are specifically for a room that is the access point for the humidity, or is becoming humid the fastest, to help mitigate the spread and maintain that room.
- If the option is available, try to get yours hands on a house humidifier, that alone can help immensely with control throughout the home.
- Install a small weather station to better track the temp and humidity levels in the home.
- Keep indoor humidity to around 30-40% during the summer and 45-55% during the winter months.
- Fans help move air throughout the home which can stabilize humidity levels!