Dealing with Humid Indoor Air
Having excess moisture in your home leads to damage and encourages harmful mold and mildew growth. Find out how you can reduce moisture at home and prevent the problems it causes by reading this week’s blog!
INDOOR HUMIDITY AND MOISTURE
Humid air contacts a cool surface while moisture condenses into water droplets when warm. Daily activities such as bathing, cooking, dishwashing, and clothes drying all add moisture to the air. Some heating appliances like unvented kerosene or natural gas models also increase the moisture inside the home.
During winter, walls, doors, and windows that lack proper insulation are the most common surfaces that are cool, while uninsulated cold-water pipes are examples of cool surfaces during summer. Droplets may accumulate on these surfaces and can run down into the windows, walls and other structural components. Once they do, it can cause rotting, peeling of paint, and providing a good environment for the growth of mold and mildew.
How Can Indoor Moisture Be Controlled?
Once you see moisture accumulating, be sure to dry it promptly and deal with the source of the issue. There are two basic elements when controlling moisture buildup: a.) minimizing cool surfaces and b.) reducing humidity.
Windows and storm doors minimize cool surfaces during winter by separating the interiors of your home from cold, outdoor air. Double- and triple-pane windows also help insulate interior glass from the cold. In addition to reducing moisture, adding such improvements makes your home more energy-efficient all year-round.
Be sure to pay attention to your window treatments, too. Opening blinds and drapes during winter allow warmth to reach the interior glass. Although some condensation might occur, the improved circulation will make it less likely to accumulate. When you insulate cold-water pipes, you are also eliminating the common cool surfaces during the warmer months. Both angled and straight sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes – you just have to slide on the sleeves and seal the joints and slits with duct tape.
Heating and cooling systems also help control moisture in the home. For instance, electric and gas furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning can also help lower the moisture level in the air as it cools. Make sure to have your HVAC units maintained regularly to avoid problems.
Here are some simpler ways you can reduce air moisture:
*Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation throughout the different parts of the home;
*Covering pots while cooking as much as possible;
*Covering aquariums if you have any;
*Storing firewood outside.
For any concerns about humidity and moisture in your home, our HVAC experts can help you improve your indoor air quality. Reach out to us today for more information!
Great Team! Furnace broke in the weekend, Bob visited same day and Greg installed new one on Monday. Team was professional, respectful and knowledgeable. Installation went very well, Greg found solutions to challenges, like hiding new conduits in the ceiling. Looks nice and new furnace is working great. Five Stars.
I used Twintech to install a new furnace for my home. Bob was terrific in explaining the sizing options and why the 2 stage furnace was the best option for me. Greg did a great job installing, clean and on time. Finished work looks great but the best part is how it works. The 2 stage heating is so much more comfortable. I run the fan continuously to keep the indoor air clean. Great investment! Would highly recommendTwintech!
Im going to start this by saying Im a very particular customer. My background is in mathematics and mechanical engineering so I have an eye for detail and a respect for technical knowledge.
Greg had already done an AC inspection and replaced a water heater tank and there was no question in my mind who to deal with replacing my rickety old furnace after it got pooched.
Bob dropped in ahead of time and clearly (and knowledgeably) outlined all technical, price and operational options.
Greg showed up on time, on the agreed date and did a fantastic job. (The OLD furnace was a house of horrors and was installed in a keystone cops sort of way- careless.)
The work Greg did was HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL and FAR MORE FUNCTIONAL than what I had.
Im also a musician with many instruments so maintaining predictable humidity/temperature is extremely important to me. Greg recognized this as did Bob. You NEVER feel like youre being brushed off.
In summary, if youre looking for PROFESSIONAL, QUALITY results by an EXPERIENCED, THOUGHTFUL team
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Once again Twin Tech came through and fixed my furnace. A young man by the name of Mitch came by tonight and he was so nice explained everything he was quick he was clean he turned off the lights even when he left the furnace room its just above and beyond Twin Tech always delivers and I just found out about them last year and I will use no one else but thanks again Mitch you are fantastic
I had a problem with the Furnace (Armstrong ultra V) and Greg diagnosed it on the phone. Even told me what the issue was and I was able to fix it. This level of service from a Business that is almost unknown today.
If you require service, reach out to Greg. I will definitely use them in the future!
We have been shopping for a heat pump for our home. We had 3 reps come in and make recommendations and provide a quote. Of the 3, Bob was so clearly so much more qualified, thorough and informed than the other two that the decision was a no brainer. As soon as we get our audit results Twintech will be installing our heat pump.
knowledgeable sales person, did not try to up-sell unneeded features,
and was easily contacted to ensure customer satisfaction.
Installation was expertly done by friendly guys, everything explained for use of the products. Old products were removed and returned to rental company as part of the service. Follow up call was received to check all was well. This is my second time using this company as I was fully satisfied with my previous air conditioning unit installation
Twintech recently installed a new furnace for me. Bob did a great job assessing what I had and needed. All details well explained including the importance of proper sizing of furnace and the value of multi stage heating and the variable speed blower. As a nurse, indoor air quality is a high priority so the variable speed motor running continuous is so good. 24/7 air cleaning. Greg did a great job on install, attention to detail so appreciated. Already notice such an improved comfort and heat. Thank you Twintech! You come as advertised. I will recommend to anyone in need of heating or cooling!
We received various quotes from 4 different companies and right away, the prompt and thorough communication from Bob from TwinTech stood out. He introduced himself, sent sample sites and information, and always confirmed any agreed to dates and times.
Bob was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the topic of HVAC and it was clear he was passionate about his profession. He approached the job as if he was installing in his own home.
Prior to the new furnace & A/C installation, our old units were loud and inefficient - having several rooms feeling too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. After installing the recommended units, all rooms stay at a consistent temperature- even the finished basement.
I highly recommend the TwinTech team - just an outstanding job at a reasonable price point.
The experience with Twintech was great from the start. Bob the sales manager was friendly and professional and did not use any pressure tactics. He was very knowledgeable.
The installation was completed by the twin owners in about 6-7 hours. Clean quiet easy going didn't mind when I poked my head in to see progress. Highly recommend
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