About Humidity - A Customer Viewpoint
We had a lot of ice build up on our windows and patio doors. Our laminate flooring was starting to swell it was creaking and make cracking noise as if we were walking on Rice Krispies. Also I could not get register vents out of the floor it had moved so much and swelled. Even our carpets stretched.
We could not understand why as we have a HRV system (Heat Recovery Ventilation) this system was to basically eliminate humidity. But it wasn't working fully. The reason it was not working to its full capacity was we did not have our furnace fan to "on", we had it on "auto".
This is something every home owner should do. Turn your furnace fan to "ON" not "AUTO". It creates huge air movement in the home. As well make sure you run your fans in your bathrooms while showering and even if you go out for a few hours leave it running. It will help create air movement and even pull some moisture out. If your exhaust fan is vented outside for your stove, you can turn that on high for a few hours will make a huge difference, if you have ice build up on windows.
I spoke to Aries Airflo they came here to make sure our furnace and HRV were running properly as well as David from Asset was here. Our equipment was all running perfectly but they both said, "turn your furnace fan to on and leave it there 365 days a year. It does not increase your bills, in fact it will save your furnace motor as well and increase the efficiency for heating and cooling".
Houses are all built so much tighter than back 30 years plus ago so therefore there is more moisture in the home.
It is common to have a small bit of moisture on the windows when temperatures have been warm to minus 30 overnight, but if you have a lot of ice build up on your windows do the things I have mentioned it will make a huge difference in your home. Also Aries Airflo said to buy furnace filters with the larger gaps between the folds as it will help with air moving.
Since turning on our furnace fan and leaving it, the humidity in our home has dropped significantly. Our floor does not make noise anymore and I can get the furnace vents out with ease. As well we have not had any build up on our windows or doors. Please replace your furnace filters every 3 months as well.
Honestly these are all things we were doing except having our furnace turned to "ON". It will save your home from damage and less maintenance on your home in the future.
Winter Tips for the First Time Home Owner
WINTER REMINDERS FOR FIRST TIME HOME OWNERS
• Water your trees well so they don’t winter kill.
• Also your sod needs a good drink to prevent winter kill.
• Please ensure that you remove all garden hoses from lawn services. Leaving those on can cause your taps to freeze up and break.
• Also ensure you remove your sump pump hoses if you have them and store them inside.
• Your new concrete is susceptible to damage caused by the likes of road salts and ice melts. At Asset we recommend the use of sand on your driveway to improve traction.
The following guidelines will reduce the risk of excessive humidity in your home:
• Run your furnace fan continuously to circulate air throughout the home, winter & summer 24/7 - 365
• Leave blinds and/or drapes open as much as possible to allow airflow by windows.
• Check the furnace filter and replace if dirty. A clean filter will ensure maximum flow. At Asset, we recommend the use of pleated filters and change bi-monthly.
• Monitor your homes humidity and if you have one, turn your humidifier off during the winter and anytime the temperature falls below 0 degrees.
• Always turn on the bathroom fan when bathing or showering. Leave on longer if needed - a good 45 minutes if possible.
• Always turn on the range fan when cooking particularly if you have a directly ducted fan.
• Ensure the clothes dryer is properly ducted to the outside.
• Ensure fresh air intake for the furnace is free of all blockages.
• Ensure all hot and cold registers are clear of any obstruction as this could affect maximum air circulation. Avoid the use of air deflectors.
• Wipe up any excess snow or moisture tracked into the house.
• Don’t stack articles directly against windows outside on patios, decks and landings.
• Wipe up any condensation/moisture that appears on windows immediately.
• The first year or two after a home is built there is moisture from the new wood. Also homes are built more efficiently and very tight these days which traps moisture in.
The Importance of Maintaining Smoke Detectors & Alarms
In Case of a Fire!
- Leave the home immediately making sure all family members are accounted for.
- Call 911 from a neighbour’s phone
- Do Not allow anyone to go back into the home for any reason.
- Wait for the Fire department to arrive.
Choosing a Home Builder
When you decide to buy a brand-new home, choosing the right builder is as important as choosing your home. When you purchase a home, you also "buy" the company that will build it. Your satisfaction will depend on their experience, their skills and their commitment to customer service. An important part of the home buying process lies in determining that you are dealing with a builder who has these qualifications and is able to meet your needs and expectations - for the home and for the buying experience.
The key to getting information is to ask questions. Don't worry that you are demanding too much or that some of your questions may seem obvious to others - ask about all the things that are important to you, both about the house and about the buying process.