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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is Your House Crying?


You’d be surprised how much water vapor people create on a daily basis --- which can produce condensation in the home and make it appear as if your house is crying!

A family of four can add a half pint of water vapor every hour to the home just through normal breathing and perspiration. And, if you take a five-minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. Even the simple act of cooking dinner on a gas stove can produce two and a half pints of water vapor.*

Because invisible water vapor is everywhere in the home --- especially during the winter season when the home is closed up --- it's important for homeowners to monitor the levels of moisture in their homes and take steps to manage interior humidity levels.

What Can a Homeowner Do to Help Reduce Condensation?

            Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips:

  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
  • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature.
  • If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier.
  • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves.
  • Open a window in the bathroom.
  • Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions.
  • Store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood can consist of up to 45 percent water, which adds water vapor to the home. Even well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20 to 25 percent moisture content.**
  • Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.

For tips on understanding condensation in your home from Simonton Windows, click HERE.

*Source: Moisture Sources Associated with Potential Damage in Cold Climate Housing (1988)

**Source: http//www.csia.org/HomeownerResources/ChimneySafetyInfo/HowtoSelectFirewood/tabid/115/Default.aspx

 

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