Reduce Humidity in your Home this Winter

Furnace or Hot Water Tank Not Working? Humidity too High?

A friendly reminder from Green Cedar Homes! We know some of you may be experiencing furnace and hot water tank issues and or too much humidity in your home. Don’t need to stress though, it happens with the cold freeze we are getting. Please find below tips on how to help with too much humidity and basic trouble shooting for your hot water tank and furnace:

Hot Water Tank and Furnace: Anyone reporting hot water tank and furnace issues can follow these basic home maintenance steps first: It is crucial to understand all pipes need to be clear for both the Hot Water Tank and Furnace to work.

1.       Clear ice buildup from intake and exhaust pipes for hot water tank (if gas) and furnace.

2.       Restart tank and furnace.

3.       Monitor any light codes on the hot water tank.

4.       If this doesn’t solve the problem, please refer to your possession binder or sticker in your mechanical room & call the appropriate trade partner to come help with either your Hot Water Tank or Furnace.

5.       If our selected trade partners don’t answer, please call our warranty department or 24/7 emergency line at:

a.       Warranty Department – 403-230-8500 ext 2.

b.       24/7 Emergency Line – 403-230-8500 ext 9.

HOW TO REDUCE MOISTURE & HUMIDITY IN YOUR NEW HOME THIS WINTER

Concerned about the dampness and dripping water in various parts of your new home lately? As the temperatures fluctuate during winter, the culprit is likely the humidity in your living space – the amount of water vapor present in the air. On colder days, warm air meeting cold air can lead to moist air freezing in areas like windows and attics, resulting in ice build-up. When the temperature rises, melting occurs, leading to excess moisture in your home.

Despite this concern, there’s no need to fret. There are proactive steps you can take to prevent excess moisture accumulation and effectively manage your home’s humidity levels.

Factors Contributing to High Humidity in Your New Home

Beyond weather conditions, it’s crucial to recognize that various factors contribute to increased moisture in the air. Daily activities such as cooking and showering introduce water, and poor air circulation within a room can trap moisture. Even having numerous plants or a fish tank can add to excessive humidity levels in your new home.

Reducing Moisture: Practical Solutions for Your New Home

Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice winter cooking. The key is to ensure continuous air exchange and movement throughout your new home. Here’s how you can achieve that:

1. Humidifier Level: Turn down your humidistat to 10 and close the humidifier damper. The humidifier damper can be found in your mechanical room on the side of the furnace and the humidistat can be found beside your thermostat.

2. Utilize Bathroom Fans: Turn on your bathroom fans for up to 24 hours during cold temperatures.

3. Kitchen Range Hood: Use your kitchen range hood when cooking and boiling water to help expel excess moisture.

4. Optimize Air Circulation: Open all bedroom and bathroom doors whenever possible to promote adequate air circulation. Running a furnace fan continuously can also assist in circulating air between rooms. You may find the furnace fan switch beside the thermostat labelled ventilation.

5. Avoid Humidifiers: Refrain from using humidifiers during cold temperatures, as they contribute to increased moisture levels.

6. Window Management: Open drapes and blinds during cold weather and overnight to encourage air circulation.

7. Condensation Control: Wipe up any condensation on windows during colder periods.

8. Thermostat Caution: Be mindful when using programmable thermostats; ensure you don’t set the temperature too low when leaving your house.

9. Proper Heating: Provide sufficient heat to all indoor areas, ensuring it flows over exterior walls, ceilings, windows, and doors.

10. Register and Air Flow: Ensure all heat registers are open, and avoid blocking cold air returns with furniture.

11. Hygrometer Usage: Consider purchasing a hygrometer to measure humidity in different areas of your new home. They’re affordable and available at local hardware or building supply stores.

By implementing these practical measures, you can effectively reduce moisture and maintain optimal humidity levels in your new home throughout the winter season.

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