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Whole-House Humidification Solutions for Tacoma Homeowners

by vscontent on July 15, 2016

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Excessive humidity can cause many problems for Tacoma-area homeowners. While you may not feel much personal discomfort from high moisture levels, your home could suffer building damage and develop serious health problems for its inhabitants if moisture levels are ignored.

Mold and mildew are just some of the problems that high humidity can cause. Other problems include deteriorating foundations, damaged property, unhealthy indoor air quality, and extra maintenance work.

Ideal humidity levels should be around 45%. Problems start to develop when humidity levels are below 30 percent or above 50 percent, so try to keep the humidity level between 30 and 50 percent.

Signs of a Humidity Problem

  • Musty odors
  • Frost and ice on any surface in the home
  • Condensation on windows during the winter
  • Mold and mildew on walls, ceilings, or HVAC systems
  • Damp and stuffy rooms
  • Discoloration, condensation, or staining near your HVAC system
  • Warped, cracked, or damaged wood surfaces
  • Sweating on pipes and ductwork
  • Chipping concrete and masonry

Whole-House Humidification Solutions

Humidity causes problems at both ends of the spectrum. Although there are ways to improve humidity levels in the home with plug-in humidifiers and dehumidifiers, the best way to make sure your air isn’t too wet or dry is to invest in a whole-home humidification system. If you do choose to use plug-in humidifiers and dehumidifiers, measure your indoor moisture levels with hygrometer.

In order to maintain healthy humidity in the home, you will want a whole-house humidification system to help regulate your home’s moisture levels.

The basic difference between plug-in humidifiers and whole-home humidifiers is that the former needs to be monitored and controlled manually and the latter is a set-it-and-forget-it system. Since whole-home humidification systems are installed alongside your existing HVAC system, you won’t have to do anything to maintain it. Water is drawn from your plumbing system and drained through your existing drainage system.

Once you install the system, it will run noiselessly for only pennies a month to operate. In fact, a humidification system can help you save money by allowing you to feel warmer or cooler based on the humidity levels in the home. By taking moisture out of the air during humid days and adding it during dry days, you won’t have to use your HVAC system as often.

Whole-home humidification system also help improve comfort, limit property damage, prevent sickness, and increase productivity in your home or business.

The only catch is that a whole-home humidification system requires professional installation and may need some maintenance over the years.

If you have humidity problems in the home, it’s important to take action. Inspect your plumbing, roof, basement, and HVAC system for leaks and condensation. Make sure your HVAC system, dishwashers, and dryers are properly venting outdoors. Although plants are great for improving indoor air quality, they can contribute to your moisture problems, so keep them all in one area and near a door or window.

If you’re uncomfortable in your  home or moisture levels are causing property damage, give the experts at Pacific Air Systems a call for more information about whole-home humidification systems:

We can help you maintain ideal humidity levels in your Tacoma area home and save you money and energy at the same time.

Read our other blog articles for more information on managing the moisture in your home:

One of the best ways to prevent mold and mildew in your home is to have a professional air quality expert examine your home. Removing mold is only a temporary solution if the primary cause hasn’t been addressed. Call Pacific Air Systems at 253.292.3995 to speak with one of our Comfort Specialists.

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