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How To Deal With Humidity In Your Home
Has your home been feeling muggy lately or even hotter than you think it should? Many regions of the country deal with humidity during certain seasons and others have to handle shifts in humidity throughout the year. To sustain a comfortable and ideal home, we all need healthy air. This is combination of when the air is fresh, clean, and under 50% relative humidity.
Fresh air is cycled into the home from outside full of oxygen. Air conditioning and heating systems cycle out the stale air inside and regularly push fresh air into the home while filtering it. But even air that is fresh and filtered is not enough if the humidity inside is too high. Most HVAC professionals recommend keeping the humidity in the home in the 30-50% range. High humidity can make the air feel muggy or warm even at moderate temperatures, and can be a cause of many problems both for those living inside the home and the building.
What are symptoms of high humidity?
- The air will feel muggy and warmer than it should
- Increased sweating
- Possible problems sleeping
- Mold spores and dust mites growth
- Even visible mold growth in the home
- Wood warps and doors begin to stick
- Mildew can grow on fabrics and carpets
- Water stains and excess condensation
- Serious problems with severe allergies
Living with high humidity may seem like a slight nuisance but the potential long-term effects can become substantial. If the above symptoms have begun to manifest around your home, it is time to look into why the humidity is high and what to do about it. Let us look at a few ways for you to lower the humidity in your house.
Check For Leaks
One of the first things you can do about humidity in your house is to find and seal any leaks within the home. Take the time to inspect the frames around doors and check windowsills from the outside and run your hands along them to feel for air flowing out through. Next check for leaking water pipes inside the home. Even constant condensation from water pipes may be a sign that they need to be checked. And also check your dryer unit’s exhaust pipe if you have one inside the house. Dryers sound vent outside the home and if they aren’t, or there is a leak along the way, then a lot of excess humidity and heat is being released inside every time the dryer is used.
Encourage Air Flow
Sometimes certain rooms in the home will regularly feel more humid and muggy than the majority of the other rooms. Adding a ceiling fan or a stand-alone fan in the room can help circulate the air within the room and assist in evaporating moisture. And avoid closing doors and cutting off the room from the rest the other rooms. Make sure to use exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen, and consider installing them if your home does not have them currently. Cooking and hot showers can create a large amount of moisture that will linger. Exhaust fans are often underutilized when turning them on for a short period of time can pull out the possible humidity and make a noticeable difference.
Help Maintain The HVAC System
Even if you recently had a brand new HVAC system installed into your home, you still need to be assisting it in running smoothly. Think of you home’s HVAC system as the engine that runs your home. It may run perfectly fine for some time but HVAC units need to be taken care of and checked regularly. Furnace and AC filters need to replaced regularly and this can easily be done by anyone. But most professionals recommend that your HVAC system should be checked twice a year to achieve peak performance as the seasons change.
Even a small leak in the ducts or a thermostat that is not in sync with the system can result in HVAC units having to work more than they should and lead to additional cooling costs. If you are having serious humidity concerns and have not had your system checked, do so immediately by contacting Ardmore Fresh Air today and let one of our trained professionals inspect your home's humidity levels.