Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807. Here’s must-know information from Barry Stranz (professional & educator) who has 30+ years in the home improvement industry shared on 11.17.18.
Winter Home Humidity
A question we frequently encounter is, “What is the right amount of home humidity to have indoors during the winter months?” Rather than an exact number, the answer is actually a range of humidity, primarily related to the exterior air temperature and variables within your home. For example after showering, are you encountering significant fog on your mirror or moisture on your windows? When there is steam present in a bathroom, cold surfaces show us how much humidity can be handled before the moisture converts from water vapor to a liquid state. Excess moisture can be problematic on wood surfaces, such as window sills and flooring.
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In general, a house needs to tolerate as much humidity in the winter as possible before it creates a moisture problem for the window surfaces themselves. The caliber of windows within a home and the quality of installation are key factors on how much humidity a home can accept. At one time, a combination of single pane and storm windows were used. This trend gave way to thermally sealed glass. Nowadays, triple pane windows have picked up in popularity. They have the ability to reduce condensation, allowing homeowners to cultivate a higher indoor relative humidity in the colder months. Opening windows and running bath fans are the fastest ways to remove moisture from a home. A humidistat is the best device for monitoring a home’s level of humidity.
Colder temperatures also leave homeowners questioning whether contractors have the ability to install a roof in the winter. Technically, Minnesota roofing can be installed year round. However best practice dictates that subzero temperatures be avoided if at all possible. One of the biggest reasons is that asphalt shingles must be kept in a warm space in order to curtail cracking. Adhesives need additional reinforcement. Metal roofing can also be installed in the winter months, but fewer hours of daylight will extend the number of days needed to complete the project. In addition, an abundance of snow can make it challenging to safely set up scaffolding.
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