Humidity makes your home more comfortable in winter, but you can have too much of a good thing. When you see condensation on your windows in winter, it’s a sign that you should lower the humidity level in your house. Otherwise, the water that condenses on your windows — not to mention inside your walls — can cause damage over time.
Time — 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty — Easy
Expertise — None
Frequency — Once a year
Where — All US
Try these suggestions for reducing humidity levels.
- Reduce moisture sources within your house:
- Don't store firewood in the home.
- Repair foundation leaks.
- Cover any exposed earth floor in a basement or crawl space, as well as sump pump pits.
- Don't hang laundry to dry inside your home.
- Limit the use of vaporizers or steam generators.
- Ventilate your home:
- Turn a stand-alone humidifier down or off.
- Adjust the humidifier on your furnace, based on the outdoor temperature:
| Outdoor temperature
|-20° to -10°||20 percent|
|-10° to 0°||25 percent|
|0° to 10°||35 percent|
|10° and above||40 percent|