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3 Effective Ways to Control Indoor Humidity
April 16, 2018
High humidity levels in your home can leave you, and your family, feeling very uncomfortable. Not only do they make your air thick and cause bacteria and mold to grow, but it can cause you to feel ill and possibly affect your health.
What is a good indoor humidity level?
When checking your indoor humidity, it ideally should range between 35-50 percent. Obviously, living in a humid state like Florida, you may see higher levels, but you should still try and maintain average ranges when possible. If you notice levels above 50 percent, you’ll want to make some changes to reduce it.
How to Control Humidity in Your Home
Ventilate Moisture-Prone Areas
One of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your indoor humidity levels is to ventilate any areas that are prone to moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. If these environments have vent fans, consider turning them on periodically throughout the day. The humidity levels will go down, making your home a more comfortable place overall.
Opening a window slightly in these areas can also help if you don’t live in a very humid city. However, be sure you don’t leave your windows open for too long, as your energy bills every month may start skyrocketing.
Run a Dehumidifier
There are many devices you can purchase to decrease humidity, but one of the most effective is a dehumidifier. This device is simple to use and is relatively affordable. It works by drawing air into a unit using a fan. The air then passes over a cold surface and condenses once cooled. In a matter of minutes, you can alleviate excess moisture in a particular room.
Not all dehumidifiers are equal, though. You need to select a model that’s easy to operate and has specific features. For example, you’ll probably want a model that has a quiet operation and a large water capacity tank, especially if you live in Florida. It also helps when your dehumidifier has defrost features and is mobile, as you’ll probably need to move this device to different rooms in your home throughout the day. Of course, you can always purchase more than one if you like.
Hire an AC Specialists
If your humidity levels seem impossible to control and you’re in need of professional help, be sure to contact an AC specialist. This professional has many specialized tools and techniques that can lower your humidity and make your home comfortable to live in, once again.
One of the most common culprits to your humidity woes is a dirty, clogged air filter. It may be restricting airflow, thus causing air to build up. A licensed AC technician can quickly change out these ineffective filters, though, to improve your indoor air quality and make sure your indoor humidity is adequately controlled.
Another option the AC technician may recommend is setting up a dehumidifier on your air conditioning system directly. They’ll make sure the dehumidifier is compatible with your system, and they will even show you how to use its controls if you’re not familiar already.
When humidity levels begin rising in your home, it’s difficult to get comfortable. To combat these comfort issues, you need to take proactive steps and bring in an AC repair company to make sure your house is set up correctly to control humidity. You deserve comfort throughout the year.
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