By: Erik Taylor

Avoiding Moisture Problems in the Home

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There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould.

To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:

Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.

How to Maintain the Correct Relative Humidity

Home interior temperature and relative humidity is often a matter of personal preference, however, exceeding recommended levels can lead to health issues in your home.
High levels of humidity will cause condensation, mould, musty smells, allergic reactions and damage to walls and interior finishes.
Low levels of humidity on the other hand, especially in the winter will cause breathing difficulty, sore throat, static electricity and dry skin. Finding a perfect balance can be a little difficult especially in older homes.
Three steps that you can take to try prevent condensation issues from occurring in your home.

It's not always your window's fault.
1.  Monitor and adjust generated humidity levels in your home to recommended levels
2.  Promote good air circulation in your home by opening blinds and drapes and directing heat towards walls and windows
3.  Promote good ventilation in your home by using bathroom fans, ensuring dryer vent hoods are sealed and unobstructed. Occasionally open two windows at opposite sides of the house for a couple of hours

Condensation Prevention Factors:
In short, the phenomenon of condensation is a seasonal problem that arises when the weather gets very cold, and it can be easily controlled by adoption of certain habits and the optimization of building mechanicals.