Regulating your home’s humidity level isn’t the easiest task, and that’s where a humidistat can make your life much easier. A humidistat is usually integrated into a humidifier in a central air conditioning and heating system. It works by using a sensing element made out of metal that sends signals to a relay amplifier, which then registers accurate humidity levels.
As we head into the winter months, the last thing that’s probably on your mind is humidity. In fact, it’s probably more like, “Sweet relief! Bless these sub-50 degrees temperatures!” The thing about humidity is that it’s not only uncomfortable, it can be bad for your home in a number of ways.
Here are a few ways humidity is bad for your home and belongings:
- Basement or Crawlspace – Moisture is a problem that is well-known to occur in underground rooms. High humidity can create condensation on walls and other surfaces, which is both hard and expensive to eliminate. If you use your cellar for wine storage, uneven humidity levels can cause the cork to shrink and expand. Aka your aged Pinot Grigio that you dropped $100 on will be ruined. That’s the stuff of nightmares, people.
- Pipes – Excess humidity can lead to condensation on the water pipes and toilet tanks throughout your home. This also can lead to mold and mildew buildup that is tough to remove.
- Flooring – Think you’re safe from humidity if you have carpet? Wrong-o. Humidity can cause mold and mildew problems in both carpeted and wood flooring. It can also cause the molding to separate from the wall and/or floor, which leads to gaps.
- Wooden Furniture – Wood is porous, so fluctuating levels of humidity can cause moisture to be absorbed and de-absorbed from wooden furniture. The result is the swelling and shrinking of different elements in your furniture. This usually leads to minor problems like a wobbly table or chair.
- Wall – Walls can become soggy if humid air builds up in them, which is a recipe for mold and mildew. It can also cause both interior and exterior paint to bubble and then peel, especially in rooms like the bathroom where walls are exposed to high humidity.
- Attic – An attic that doesn’t have proper ventilation can become damp and hot without the proper temperature control. If you use your attic for storage, what you put up there could easily become moldy.
- Dilapidated Decor – Have a favorite painting that you picked up at an art show? Dry air can cause paint to become brittle and crack, which obviously won’t bode well for your artwork. Similarly, too much moisture in your air can have an adverse effect on your favorite photographs. Moisture can build up between the layers of a photograph, making it impossible to remove, while slowly distorting the picture.
Where Can I Get One?
Humidistats are sold in regular retail stores such as Home Depot or online at a variety of price points (usually under $100). If you choose to buy yours in a brick and mortar store, a store associate should be able to help you choose the right one for your home.
Humidistats are able to help you regulate your home’s moisture, which can have many positive impacts. If you live in a high-humidity area, or if your significant other consistently forgets to turn the bathroom fan on during their 100-degree shower, a humidistat might be right for your home.
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How a Humidistat Can Help Your Home
Excess humidity can cause a lot of difficult and expensive problems in your home. Here's how a humidistat can regulate your humidity and protect your home.
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