Too much humidity in the air can lead to mold, dust mites, and other unwelcome pathogens. If you are noticing increased moisture in your home, it should not be ignored.
Increased humidity in your home not only compromises your comfort but can also lead to an indoor air quality issue that affects the efficiency of your HVAC system. Too much humidity can trick your HVAC system into thinking it’s warmer than it is. This forces your system to over-cool your home. Here are some tips for managing the humidity in your home.
One way to combat humidity is to improve the ventilation in your home. Making it a priority to ventilate your home can control moisture levels in the air. When the humidity levels outside spike, remember to close all windows and keep doors all the way shut, and that your HVAC system is running so it can circulate air throughout your home. Other ways that you can ensure ventilation is by checking your bathroom, dryer, and stove vents. Make sure all of these areas in your home have ventilation systems that work so they can extract excess moisture when you are completing daily tasks.
Another way to get rid of humidity in your home is to use your air conditioner. If the weather is warm enough, turn your air conditioner on to lower the humidity levels outside. Heat holds in water vapor which results in humidity. Turning on your air works by removing the heat from the air, which makes water vapor less capable of holding as much heat. For this method to work, you will need to set your air conditioner several degrees lower.
If your air conditioner isn’t doing the trick, you may need to think about installing a whole home dehumidifier. These systems will result in cleaner and healthier air by removing excess moisture in the air. If your home needs an extra hand combatting moisture or you are simply looking for ways to produce better air quality in your home, 72 Degrees has you covered. Talk with one of our technicians today to see what options are best for your conditions.
Excess humidity in your home might mean that it is time to upgrade to a high-efficiency HVAC unit. Some high-efficiency heating and cooling systems can adjust humidity conditions inside. The system works by monitoring your home’s moisture levels based on the preferred settings that you input. If you need to lower the humidity while the weather is warm, you can adjust the settings so the air conditioner works slowly to remove humidity from the air without over-cooling your home.
If you have too much humidity in your home, try some of these tips to see if it helps. If you have decided that your HVAC needs professional assistance, call today at 515-965-7272.