Fixing Indoor Humidity
May 20, 2015
Have you thought about the humidity INSIDE your home?
Most of us worry about how humid it is outdoors but rarely take the time to wonder what’s happening within our house’s four walls. The fact is it’s very important to keep track of the relative humidity in your home.
In the winter, we fight to keep humidity levels up in our homes, but the summer months bring a completely different set of problems. As it turns out, excess humidity can be as bad as low humidity when it comes to indoor air quality.
When humidity in the home is too high, it can promote the growth of mold, mildew and fungus. Viruses also grow better in humid environments. The more humid your home is, the more your indoor air quality suffers. This brings risk of health issues for you and your family.
Along with health issues, excess humidity in your home can affect how cool you feel. The lower the ambient humidity in your home, the cooler the air will feel on your skin. This can make a big difference on hot summer days when you have the air conditioner cranked up to 11.
So how do you deal with excess humidity in your home? First and foremost, knowledge is power. A hydrometer is relatively inexpensive and can give you instant readings on your home’s ambient humidity. If you have an air conditioning unit, you’re already doing a lot to lower indoor humidity. Air conditioning units dehumidify the air they cool, thus taking the humidity out of your house. Central air conditioning works best as it circulates through the entire house, removing the maximum amount of ambient moisture. If you still find the air too moist, there are a wide range of whole home dehumidifiers that can be attached to your current HVAC system. If you find the problem is more localized, though, you can find freestanding units to dehumidify small areas.
Consult with an HVAC technician to find the best solution for you and your home.
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