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Use Your Humidifier Settings To Combat Musty Odours In The Home 

What Causes A Musty Odour?

A home in Alberta might smell musty in spring because you have more moisture in the home. It’s important for homeowners in Alberta, where humidity levels can vary widely throughout the year, to manage indoor humidity levels. Some ways to manage humidity include proper ventilation, use of dehumidifiers, and addressing any moisture-related issues promptly to prevent these problems from occurring.

If you have a whole-home humidifier attached to your furnace, there are different settings for winter and summer. Here are some tips to get the most from your humidifier through the year:

Use Your Humidifier Settings

  • Choose The Right Humidifier: To control humidity and maintain a comfortable level, consider using humidifiers. There are different types of humidifiers available, including evaporative, ultrasonic, and steam-based humidifiers. Choose one that suits your needs and budget.
  • Set Humidity Seasonally: Check your humidifier’s instructions for the best humidity setting. There is usually a WINTER and SUMMER setting, which simplifies the seasonal adjustment for you. In the winter, your ideal setting will be lower in order to prevent condensation on your windows, which can freeze. Frozen condensation can cause problems when it expands in your window fittings, and when it melts and drips on your carpet. 
  • Regular Maintenance: Clean and maintain your humidifiers regularly to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Follow manufacturer instructions for proper cleaning and filter replacement.

By following these steps, you can determine the correct humidity level for your home in Alberta and control it at a comfortable level. You will have better indoor air quality and improved overall comfort. Keeping your interior at the correct humidity can help combat musty odours so you can breathe easy all day long!

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