When you live in Northern Michigan, you know to expect cold, snowy winters. Unfortunately, the decrease in air humidity can lead to respiratory illnesses, static electricity, dry skin, cracked nails and even the occasional bloody nose. As such, many people use humidifiers throughout the fall and winter months to help add some much needed humidity back into the air.
If you’re going to be using a humidifier in your home this winter, be sure to keep track of the humidity levels you’re creating inside your home. If you’ve sealed all leaks when preparing your home for winter, moisture will have nowhere to go. While this is ideal for keeping your home warm and toasty, it can also encourage mold growth if humidity levels are too high.
Ideally, you want to keep humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. The easiest way to do this is to contact a professional to install a whole-house humidification system. This system will allow you to balance the humidity in your home, so you and your family can remain comfortable all year-round.
While the hot humid months of summer encourage mold growth, many homeowners don’t realize that mold can also grow during the winter. How you ask? Plumbing leaks and moist areas are usually the culprits. Basements, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms without proper ventilation often develop condensation. Even when the rest of your home seems dry, these areas may still need ventilation or dehumidification.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing has proudly served the Grand Traverse area for over 30 years. Contact us today for more information about how Team Bob’s can help you balance the humidity in your home this winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about balancing home humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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