Fall is well underway, and you need to make sure your house is comfortable and healthy for the well-being of the entire family. Have you noticed condensation along the bottom of your windows? If so, there is probably an excess of humidity in your home. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to keep the problem from getting worse.
What's the acceptable humidity level in a house?
Health Canada recommends keeping the humidity level in homes between 30% and 55%. Hygrometers and humidity sensors are relatively inexpensive and will allow you to measure the humidity level in each room.
What are the effects of an excessive humidity level?
In cool weather, an excess of humidity can cause molds to develop. Impacts on your health are also something to watch out for: eye, nose and throat irritation, respiratory problems, allergies, etc.
How to identify molds?
There are two key factors to check before determining molds are actually present. An obvious earthy smell in cellars for example, and a black, green or even white colour forming in circles on walls as well as in nooks and crannies.
Which moisture-loving pests can infest your house?
Centipedes and silverfish are small critters that love humid environments. If conditions are favourable, it won't take long before they make themselves at home. To avoid potential damages to your goods and property, it is recommended to act without delay.
What to do to prevent or deal with moisture-loving insects?
To prevent the propagation of moisture-loving insects, your cellar, kitchen and bathroom must be cleaned regularly, as they are the most humid spots in the house. The garden is also a place of choice; simply pick up dead leaves and twigs from the ground on a regular basis. Finally, the most effective means to react is to use a crawling insect repellent.
How to maintain a healthy humidity level in the house?
Use a dehumidifier where needed, place coarse salt in cupboards, aerate the house daily, and avoid hanging clothes to dry indoors. If the problem persists, do not hesitate to hire a professional.
It's all in your hands now!