Humidity Hacks for a Cozier Home this Winter

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As the seasons transition, subtle changes within our homes begin to signal the arrival of winter. With a touch of frost and cooler temperatures, humidity levels often become a concern. Signs start to emerge: floors develop tiny gaps, multi-piece crown moldings may reveal slight cracks, and even the door that stubbornly resisted closing in the summer now glides effortlessly shut. It’s the time when even cabinet knobs demand occasional tightening.

Ideally, indoor humidity during this season hovers between 30 to 40%, although preferences vary among individuals—some find comfort in levels closer to 50%. However, exceeding these limits may lead to telltale signs: condensation forming on the inside of windows indicates excessive humidity, while the presence of static electricity in hair or clothing signifies overly dry air. Balancing humidity to suit your family’s comfort becomes key.

Thankfully, there's an array of relatively simple solutions.

Firstly, there are a number of easy-to-use and cost-effective humidifiers available. While exterior air handler humidifiers offer a practical solution, in my experience, steam humidifiers reign supreme in effectiveness. These standalone units, when placed adjacent to the air handler, emit generous amounts of steam that disperses throughout the home's circulating air. For most homes, a single steam humidifier suffices. However, like any equipment, regular maintenance and cleaning ensure optimal performance.

If you're unsure about the humidity levels in your home, investing in an inexpensive humidistat is a wise move. You can easily find them at local hardware stores or online. Strategically place them on different levels of your home or in frequently used rooms to monitor variations. Alternatively, a smart thermostat equipped with a humidity indicator might offer an even more convenient solution. Discovering and maintaining the humidity levels that suit your preferences ensures a cozier and more comfortable winter ahead.

An example of a simple humidistat, via Thermopro

Understanding and managing indoor humidity can significantly impact your home’s comfort levels during the colder months. By finding the right balance, you can create a welcoming environment that caters to your family's needs and ensures a more pleasant winter experience.