Maintaining a proper humidity level, especially in Florida, is important for health and comfort. A healthy humidity range is 45%-55%, but with our hot, humid weather here in the Tampa Bay area for many months a year, it is easy for a home to have higher levels. However, these heightened levels mean more moisture and more ways bacteria can grow and must be corrected.
Why is the Humidity Level of my Home Important?
When your home is not at an acceptable level of humidity, viruses, bacteria, mildew and mold can grow. These can all impact your health in negative ways. Symptoms of a poor humidity level appear as intensifying allergies and/or asthma, and other respiratory issues.
How is Humidity Measured?
A device called a hygrometer measures humidity level from 0% (totally dry) to 100% (precipitation or fog present). If you are in the acceptable range of 45%-55%, then your home is at a good quality level. However, these levels should be checked periodically.
Many areas of your home will naturally be more humid than others. Places like your laundry room and bathrooms will have a higher humidity measurement, and this is normal.
Central AC systems can lower home humidity while keeping you cool. However, a humidity level that is not aligned with the ideal percentage might mean your air conditioner needs servicing.
How Do I Dehumidify my Home if the Levels are Too High?
- Have an A/C tune-up performed by a professional at least twice a year
- Purchase and use a dehumidifier in your home
- Run ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms
- Add a desiccant to remove moisture in air (silica gel is one example that works)
The Comfort Authority is available 24/7 for any questions or services related to your home’s humidity level.
Call (813) 518-8030 today to speak to one of our air conditioning experts and ask about our monthly specials.