Humidity and HVAC: Signs of High Humidity

Did you know that humidity can be an issue in the winter? It’s true. Even in a dry climate like Montana’s. And high humidity levels can be a caused by any number of reasons. Chances are if you begin to notice mold growth around pipes, on walls, on the sills of windows, on ceilings, etc., then you have a humidity problem. And mold is absolutely a house killer. So, here’s how to identify any potential humidity problems, and how to get them fixed.

Where is the Moisture Coming From?

Is the house properly ventilated? Is the HVAC system in place big enough to heat the entire house? Do you have a master suite and the fan doesn’t vent enough of the moisture? Maybe you have a clothes dryer that doesn’t vent outside the home properly (Could also be dangerous), or a persistently damp basement. When you determine the problem, it’s time to fix it. In the case of a poorly ventilated clothes dryer, or an improperly sized or malfunctioning bathroom fan the answer is simple: fix it or replace it. But what if there is no direct cause and still you’re noticing condensation on the insides of the windows, etc. The answer is oftentimes to turn on the heat. Cold homes and hot air from the stove, bathroom, laundry room, etc., could easily have moisture problems. You can also make sure that the home is properly weather-sealed; check the caulking around windows, make sure that the window’s insulation is in place and is effectively preventing any air gaps. Check the insulation strips around the doors, and make sure that everything’s in place and the strip is sealed against the door—a small hole/crack to allow air to escape can have the biggest impact.

And if you have any questions about your HVAC system, or would like to speak with one of the HVAC professionals at R and T Services, then make sure to call and schedule an appointment today. The Montana winter weather is almost here—be prepared!