What Can You Do to Control the Humidity Levels in Your Home?
We don’t need to remind you how hot summers are in Central Alabama. Not only can they be as hot as an oven – with temperatures reaching triple digits on several occasions – they can also be unbearably humid. The combination of heat and humidity makes trying to stay comfortable an impossible task.
Although your Montgomery, Alabama, area home is a great sanctuary to escape the stifling heat, your air conditioner alone cannot always control high indoor humidity levels.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat high indoor humidity levels with a few simple steps that you can take around your home. One of the most effective ways to decrease humidity is through the installation of a whole house dehumidifier. If you’re interested in learning more about dehumidifiers or other indoor air quality solutions for your Montgomery home, contact Central Alabama’s most trusted HVAC company today.
How to Decrease Your Home’s High Humidity Levels
For optimal comfort, indoor humidity levels should remain between 30 to 50%. When relative humidity levels rise above 60% indoors, it can start to feel uncomfortable. Here are some solutions to keep your home’s humidity levels in the comfortable range so you can relax – and not sweat – while enjoying your time indoors.
Installing a whole house dehumidifier
Opposed to portable dehumidifiers that work in a single room or small area, whole home dehumidification systems are installed directly into your home’s current HVAC system to work throughout your entire home. As air passes through the dehumidifier, it’s cooled, allowing the excess moisture in the air to condense into water droplets that are collected in a pan and drained outside.
Although air conditioning systems remove some of the humidity in homes, they are not equipped to remove excess amounts of humidity like a dehumidifier can.
There are so many benefits to installing a dehumidifier in your home. Whole house dehumidifiers:
- Prevent moisture from damaging the inside of your house
- Reduce indoor pollutants
- Stop mold, mildew and other harmful bacteria from forming
- Prevent insect infestations
- Protect family members who live with asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues whose symptoms are exasperated when the humidity is high
- Save homeowners money because they can keep their AC on a higher temperature
- Cool your family down even when the indoor temperature is the same because of a decrease in humidity
- Prevent your AC system from overworking because it’s not managing as much humidity
Other ways to decrease humidity, include:
Buying a properly sized air conditioning unit
It takes about 15 minutes of runtime for an AC to dehumidify the air. An oversized system shuts down too quickly, which doesn’t allow for enough time for dehumidification.
Upkeep and adjustments
Duct cleaning and regularly replacing your HVAC system’s air filter are two tips that can help control indoor humidity levels.
Weatherstripping around windows and doors seals and prevents hot, humid outdoor air from entering.
Using exhaust fans
Utilizing the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and the vents above your stove. They are designed to remove excess humidity and moisture.
Common Signs of High Humidity In Your Home
There are several signs your home may have high humidity levels. Some of them include:
- Worsened allergies
- The presence of mold and mildew
- Condensation on windows, pipes and in your basement
- Clammy or moist air
- Rotting wood or peeling paint
- Wet spots on the ceiling
Contact Hans Heating & Air for Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality Needs
When the heat and humidity come calling this summer, be prepared! Follow the DIY tips we’ve provided in this blog, and call Hans Heating & Air to have us install a whole house dehumidifier to provide you with relief this summer.
If you’re experiencing high indoor humidity levels, you can count on the HVAC experts at Hans. We’re happy to answer any questions and provide personalized indoor air quality solutions for your home. Hans has a number of indoor air quality products, including whole home air purifiers, dehumidifiers and humidifiers for the drier winter months. Contact Hans Heating & Air today to schedule an appointment.