Winter Home Moisture Problems

02.17.21

Most people think about humidity during the summer months when hot days are made even more miserable by the amount of water in the air. But attaining the right amount of humidity in your home during the winter is just as important as it is during the summer.

What is humidity?

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air around you.

What is relative humidity?

Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature. This means that as temperatures rise or fall, the capacity of the air to hold water changes.

After temperature, humidity is the most important factor in determining your family’s comfort level. The humidity level in your home affects how hot or cold you feel. Too much humidity in the home can result in windows beading up with condensation. Too little, and your sinus cavities can become dry and irritated, and you’ll be more likely to catch a cold or virus.

In dry winters, where does the humidity in a home come from? Let’s start with you! Did you know that you contribute around 3 pints of water per day to your indoor surroundings just by exhaling? It’s true! Houseplants also contribute moisture to the air, as do showers, air-drying laundry, and cooking. If your home is well insulated and sealed, moist air will find a way to accumulate and possibly cause condensation to form on windows.

Outdoor air can help to reduce excess moisture in your home in the winter, but too much can dry out your home’s environment, not to mention making your home’s temperature too cold. Some of the things we naturally do to conserve heat, such as closing curtains at night, can increase window condensation.

So how do we find that magical “perfect” level of humidity in our homes?

A whole-house humidifier is the most efficient way to find the perfect balance of humidity in your home. Whole-house humidifiers work with your existing heating and cooling system to add the just-right amount of moisture into the air.

Like the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, some houses are too hot and moist, some are too cold and dry, and some are just right! A whole-house humidifier can help you attain the perfect temperature and humidity level to keep everyone in your home comfortable.

Learn more about the benefits of a whole-house humidifier here.