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How Humidity Affects Your Home

Condensation on glass window with water drops

Humidity can make a hot summer day feel 10 degrees warmer, but that’s not the only way it can impact our lives. In fact, humidity can affect our homes just as much as it affects our bodies.

Humidity is a measure of the level of moisture present in the air – too much or too little of it can have damaging affects. Here are a few ways to tell that the humidity levels in your home are too high.

  • Mold Spots. Water invites mold to grow. Long-term humidity problems can eventually lead to mold growth, so keep your eyes out for spots on your walls and ceilings.

  • Window Condensation. When warm, humid air comes in contact with your cold windows, condensation occurs. This does not happen to the same extent with warm, dry air.

  • Warping wood. Too much moisture in the air can cause the wood in your home to warp, crack, and rot. This includes wood framing, furniture, and flooring.

  • Sticky situation. Does it feel uncomfortably sticky in your home? Sometimes, this is the only sign you need to take action and lower your humidity levels.

So, what can you do if you spot these signs around your home? There are two basic ways to fix high humidity problems:

  • Portable humidifiers: These can be purchased at your local pharmacy for under $50, and are good for problem areas such as the basement or attic.

  • Whole-home humidifiers: These connect directly to your HVAC system and can control humidity levels throughout your entire home, rather than being limited to just one room.

Do you suffer from high humidity in your Colorado home? Trust the experts at Patterson Plumbing to keep you comfortable all year long. We offer a variety of humidity control solutions to homes and businesses in Pueblo County. Contact us online for more information, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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