Winter humidity with wood stove
Good day. We are renovating a horribly built ca. 1992 Cape in southern Indiana, Zone 4. During the winter we rely on our Vermont Castings Encore stove for heat, and love it! Since the indoor humidity drops quite low, sometimes to 10%, we do not vent the shower steam through the ERV so as to add some humidity to the house. There are only two persons, my wife and I, so there is not that much steam, and it quickly spreads through the house.
There is no interior vapor or air barrier, though the exterior of the house is sheathed with 1/2″ iso-board with a shiny side faced in. They gave that a little thought — very little: The seams are “sealed” with duct tape. I would rather have had some rigid sheathing to keep the house from racking. But that’s another story.
So, keep the steam in: Good idea? Bad idea?
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