As you know, living down at the shore means there will be humidity and moisture whether you like it or not. Then on top of the environment, you end up adding more moisture in the air with inescapable daily activities such as cooking, showering, and drying your laundry. The problem is, that aside from sticky skin and frizzy hair, there are other more serious consequences that can damage your home and the appliances in it.

Water droplets form when the warm, humid air makes contact with a cool surface, like you would see on the ice-cold glass of soda. Certain appliances and ways of living create more moisture than your house can handle, leading the moisture to eventually come in contact with walls, windows, and other components of the home’s structure that will cause damage. Plus, humid temperatures are the perfect environment for the growth of mold, which you do not want to be breathing in at any time. Broadley’s wants to offer a few suggestions on keeping the moisture in your home contained to the best of your ability.

  1. Dry any accumulating moisture you see as soon as you discover it, and look for the source to see if there are any damages already taking place.
  2. Insulate your cold-water pipes to eliminate the added cool surfaces in your home.
  3. Tune-up your heating and cooling system to make sure they are running properly. Regular service checks from a Broadley’s technician helps the units to control moisture in the air by either reducing humidity with dry heat, or lowering moisture levels with cooler air. It is also important to make sure the units are not blocked and have a good air flow.
  4. Install exhausts fans that lead to the outside in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, since moisture is easily formed in these areas.
  5. Have your home caulked and weather stripped to prevent humidity from entering and to improve energy efficiency. Broadley’s offers a free, no-obligation energy assessment for your home!
  6. Keep doors from room to room open to allow proper air flow.

When trying to keep your home safe from moisture, remember that completely dry air is also an issue, as it causes discomfort and sometimes health issues. Keep the humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent. If you have any questions or concerns, give Broadley’s a call at (609) 390-3907 or visit them at broadleys.net. Enjoy your summer!