An arid looking condo interior with wood floors.

Condo Living: Dryness

Don’t Turn Your Condo Into a Desert This Winter

Is your condo as dry as the Atacama Desert (the driest desert in the world), and if so, what are the perils of a home that’s “too dry”? If too much moisture can lead to water damage, does it not follow that too much aridity can lead to damage of a different kind (no, not sandstorms!)? The answer is a resounding yes, and you should especially take note if you have hardwood flooring and live in a condo.

Now why should dryness be of particular interest to a condo dweller? Thirsty to learn more?

Meet Paul (not his real name). Paul is a stereotypical young, single, urban professional condo dweller. Most days, he wakes and descends the elevator to the fitness room. There he exercises, showers, and then returns to his unit to dress for work. He picks up his coffee and breakfast after he leaves, en route to the office. He nibbles his lunch at work, and eats dinner out with friends a few times a week.

What do you notice about Paul’s hip, fabulous lifestyle? Enviable? Perhaps, but not the point. If you’ve an eye for detail, (or recall the title of this article), you may have noticed an important consequence of Paul’s lifestyle. Specifically, Paul’s condo unit isn’t getting the much needed moisture it would normally get from daily activities like showering and cooking. And hence, it has become as dry as the Atacama Desert.

So it may come as no surprise, that Paul started noticing gaps in between his hardwood floorboards after some months. He submitted this concern as a warranty claim to his builder and Tarion. But unfortunately the damage to the flooring wasn’t covered, as it was the result of Paul’s improper maintenance. The warranty covers defects in the material and installation; not problems caused by lack of proper maintenance.

A modern home hygrometre for measuring the dryness of your condo

 

During winter months, interior humidity levels should measure between 30 and 45%. To accurately gauge the humidity level in your home, you may want to purchase a hygrometer at your local hardware store.

 

Now, is your situation similar to Paul’s? If so, you should determine if your condo is too dry, especially during the winter heating season. During winter months, interior humidity levels should measure between 30 and 45%. To accurately gauge the humidity level in your home, you may want to purchase a hygrometer at your local hardware store. Don’t forget to whip out the hygrometer at your next dinner party and impress your friends with your humidity savvy!

What can you do if your condo is too dry? Don’t worry, the solutions are as simple as running a bath, boiling a kettle of water, utilizing a humidifier—or making a homemade one by setting uncovered pots of water throughout your condo. It’s a win-win: your home will get the moisture it desperately needs, and you’ll get to reconnect with a nice hot bath and a relaxing cup of tea. Oh, and your condo will no longer lay claim to being as dry as the Atacama Desert!

Lessons Learned:

  • Your lifestyle can affect the condition of your home. Make sure you follow proper home maintenance year round.

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