We all know that the colder the temperature gets, the lower the humidity level dips. Low humidity levels not only make your home feel colder and your skin feel dry, it can also cause cracks in your moulding, furniture, and flooring. How do you fix this? Well, increasing the humidity level to a comfortable 40-45% doesn’t have just one solution; it usually involves several steps.
Based on our experience at Setter, we suggest trying some easy no- and low-cost solutions before you invest in more expensive options, but it really depends on how much you are willing to do on a daily basis and what your budget is.
Keep in mind: The colder the temperatures, the lower the natural humidity will be. Watch out for condensation on your windows as you don't want any mould in your home due to too much humidity. If condensation and frost start building up, you need to decrease the humidity level in your home. Also make sure to keep fresh airflow going, especially if you have a well insulated home, e.g. by opening a window or door once a day for a few minutes.
If you have a forced-air furnace, replace your filter regularly to ensure maximum airflow. If you have a flow-through humidifier attached to the side of your furnace, make sure to change the evaporator pad at least once a year. The flowing water results in calcium build-up, which decreases your humidifier’s effectiveness over time. (Here’s how to do it and where to buy replacement pads). Some steam humidifiers have filters too, so be sure to check if you need to replace that as well.
Low humidity in your home is directly correlated to the humidity levels outside. If there is no human intervention, your humidity levels inside naturally become the same as that outside.
We wouldn’t recommend the below solutions during the summer when high-levels of humidity can cause mould. But when it’s winter and every little bit of humidity helps, consider incorporating the following habits into your daily routine:
Fun fact: if you have forced-air heating, turning up the heat a couple of degrees can actually have a negative effect. When it’s dry, the higher the temperature rises, the faster the humidity level drops. Combat this with some extra help from a humidifier.
Your Setter Home Manager is always there for you. If you have questions or are looking for help to improve the humidity levels in your home, just reach out to us through our app. We’d gladly help you out with the following: