Maintaining the proper humidity level in your Edmonton home is essential! If the humidity level in your house is too low or too high, your home will be uncomfortable – and you could run into a host of health issues.
Proper indoor humidity is critical in the winter, as Edmonton gets extremely cold, forcing residents to stay inside the majority of the day.
If your skin feels dry and it’s more difficult to breathe than usual, you may have improper humidity levels in your Edmonton home. In this case, the humidity level is likely too low. Thus, you and your family are breathing stale, dry air instead of crisp, refreshing air.
Luckily, there are several ways to fix the low humidity level in your Edmonton home.
Wondering how to check the humidity level in your Edmonton home? Good news – it’s simple to do! You’ll just need one of two things:
If you want to check the humidity level in your home by hand, you’ll need a tool called a hygrometer. This tool can be purchased at your local hardware store for about $10 to $20.
To use a hygrometer to check the humidity in your home, simply place it in the room you want to check. It’s important to note that humidity levels won’t be consistent throughout your home – some rooms may have more or less humidity than others. Therefore, placing the hygrometer in a room you are concerned about or where your family spends most of their time is best. Also, ensure you don’t put your hygrometer near a heat source. For example, a radiator, heat register, chimney, etc.
Once the hygrometer is placed, wait up to two hours (it can take a couple of hours for the tool to get an accurate and stable reading).
If you have a humidifier in your home, it will have a built-in hygrometer. Therefore, you won’t need to buy a handheld tool. Instead, this internal hygrometer will automatically monitor and adjust the humidity level in your home, keeping your Edmonton home comfortable all year round.
In Edmonton, winter home humidity should be between 35% and 45%. In general, indoor humidity levels below 30% are too dry, and anything above 50% is too damp.
If the indoor humidity level in your home is too high in the winter, you may see condensation accumulating on the inside of your windows – or even your walls. If your home has single-pane windows or insufficient insulation, this will make matters worse.
As a result of high humidity, mould, mildew, and rotting can occur. Therefore, it is vital to maintain appropriate humidity levels in your home, as improper humidity can lead to an uncomfortable, unhealthy, and damaged home.
If humidity is too low in your house, this can lead to many different issues. Some of the most common problems created by low humidity in Edmonton homes include:
In addition to these physical effects, low humidity can damage hardwood flooring, wood furniture, paint, and wallpaper (causing it to crack/peel). Low humidity also makes it more challenging to maintain proper air temperature. Dry air is more difficult to heat. Therefore, your furnace will be forced to work harder to keep your home warm. As a result, you’ll have higher heating bills, and your furnace may experience more frequent repairs and a shorter lifespan
Furnace filters should be changed every three months. Regularly changing your filter will ensure the air quality inside your home, as well as the safety and comfort of you and your family. In addition, regularly changing the filter will ensure your furnace doesn’t overheat, resulting in damage or an unexpected breakdown.
Preventative maintenance like this extends the longevity of your furnace and helps reduce maintenance and repair fees.
Not sure how long ago your filter was changed or if it needs to be replaced? A heating services provider can take a look at your filter and let you know if it should be replaced with a new one.
There are numerous benefits of professional installation of a whole home humidifier system.
First and foremost, a professional humidifier installation company, like ProSolutions Inc., will help you choose the correct size humidifier for your Edmonton home. Choosing the right size humidifier is essential. That’s because a humidifier that is too small will provide no real benefit. On the other hand, if a humidifier is too big, it will waste energy for no reason!
In addition to helping you pick the proper size humidifier for your home, a professional humidifier installation company will guarantee that your system is installed and calibrated properly for the local conditions. This will ensure maximum home comfort and optimal performance. As a result, your humidifier will run efficiently and effectively for years to come.
Air circulation issues in your home? If you are experiencing this, check the vents in those warmer rooms. Vents bringing hot or cool air into the house winter/summer accumulate dust, pet dander, whatever, and should be vacuumed on a regular basis to ensure good air flow. At the same time make sure that your return air vents are not blocked by furniture or other items pushed up against them.
If you’re facing a frozen AC coil, there are a few things you can try. Start by setting your thermostat to high and Fan Only mode for a few hours. If this doesn’t work, it could be a more significant issue, such as a refrigerant leak or a dirty coil. In such cases, it’s best to contact the experts for assistance.
We recommend contacting ProSolutions Inc, an Edmonton-based AC seller that offers Ameristar Air Conditioning brand for AC repair. Click here to learn more about AC repair services
It costs, on average, around $1,500 to $4,000 or more to install an HRV in Edmonton. This price includes the cost of a whole-home heat recovery ventilator unit (which usually ranges from $500 to $1,000+), as well as HRV installation.
Several factors can impact the overall cost to install an HRV in Edmonton. These variables include:
Want to know how much it will cost to install an HRV in your home? Call ProSolutions Inc. for a free, personalized estimate.
A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is worth installing in Edmonton - especially in a new home. In fact, the Alberta Building Code requires all new homes to have a ventilation system installed. HRV systems are extremely beneficial (and often required) because they help keep homes safe, healthy and energy efficient.
That said, not all homes will benefit from an HRV. Older homes, in particular, may not see as many benefits because they are not as air-tight as newer homes. For instance, the energy savings from an HRV will be limited in older homes.
Installing an HRV in a new, tightly sealed home will have the following benefits.
If you are building a new home, installing a whole-home heat recovery ventilator is one of the best investments you can make.
If you’re not sure whether an HRV is right for your home, give the ventilation system experts at ProSolutions Inc. a call. Our experienced HVAC technicians can help you decide if an HRV is right for you.