How do you eliminate high humidity in newly built homes?

New homes have naturally higher humidity levels since the components used to construct the house are still curing.

The wood products used to expel moisture into the environment make it hard to maintain the ideal, 35 percent, humidity level.

However, by your second year, humidity levels will be much easier to control, and by the fourth or third year, most of the window condensation or high humidity levels will be gone. A new home expels 500 to 600 water gallons during the first year and a half. You will need to constantly run your humidifier, turning the humidity too low prior, up to about a week in advance. Turn your humidifier back up once it warms up. Ensure your home is adequately ventilated, especially the bathrooms and kitchens where hot water use is rampant. Turn on vent fans and leave them on if there is moisture in the room. Invest in extra fans if you suspect issues caused by high humidity levels. Run your air conditioning system, which will cool your home and remove humidity and moisture. Ensure to get a cooling system that is appropriately sized for the square footage of the house. Weather-stripping around your windows and doors also goes a long way to ensure excess humidity does not seep inside you as it creates a tight seal that prevents warm or cool air from escaping. They are essential for hotter climates where it is humid outdoors. Nevertheless, you should consult an HVAC technician for more ways to keep your indoor space comfortable and free from excess humidity.

 

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