April showers are just around the corner, as are rising temperatures as we move forward through spring and into summer. Taking some simple steps now can help control humidity in the attic, and prevent mold and mildew growth, unhealthy air quality in the home, and reduce energy consumption.
Insulation and Ventilation
Make sure that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Proper ventilation will allow for cooler air to flow through the attic which will then push the warmer air out. Ventilation will also prevent moisture from becoming trapped inside. Secondly, installing good insulation in the attic will help stabilize temperature fluctuations. On a hot day, some attics can get upwards of around 140 degrees! Ideal conditions in the attic means humidity below 50% and temperatures below 100 degrees which can usually be attained with proper insulation and ventilation.
Better Temperature Conditions Inside the Home
Heat can easily penetrate through your home’s drywall ceiling, which means that installing good insulation and ventilation will also benefit the comfort levels in your living space. The second obvious benefit is that it will also help you save on energy bills.
Monitor Temperature and Humidity in the Attic
One of the easiest ways you can monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the attic is to purchase a basic digital weather station, which can usually be purchased for around $25-35. Place the sensor portion into your attic and mount the digital display in a spot where you can easily check it on a daily basis.
Free Mold Inspection
If you smell something musty or suspect mold growth in the attic and you live in the New Jersey area, consider contacting a professional at Healthy Way for a FREE mold inspection.