Our Air Conditioning Systems Play a Major Role in Controlling Humidity in Our Homes
Summers bring along heat, humidity, and sweat. If you live in the South not controlling humidity levels can go to the extreme and harm our health, well-being, and comfort. When humidity weaves its way into the summer heat, it becomes essential for us to manage our home temperature so that we can keep our comfort, and most importantly, our health intact. Controlling humidity also helps in keeping pests, formulation of mold, mildew and rust at bay. We at Action Heating and Air Conditioning understand that controlling the humidity is important to all of us. Besides your air conditioning system working properly here are some additional helpful tips that can help you control the humidity in your home.
Did you know it only takes between four and six pints of water to raise the humidity level inside of 1,000 square feet from a mere 15% to 60%?
Invest In a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a product you should have in your home as its main function is to extract and pull out excess moisture from the surrounding air. Many of us tend to suffer from allergies during seasonal changes and the best preventive measure to stay from allergies during summer time is by lowering humidity levels in your home. A dehumidifier will bring down humidity in your home and this will also provide you the benefit of preventing mildew and mold around the house as they tend to form in the presence of moisture.
Use an Exhaust Fan
First and foremost is ventilation. While bathing and cooking, moisture tends to increase and so does the level of humidity. Also your washer and dryer affect the amount of moisture found in the air. An exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen will make way for moisture to escape outdoors and fresher, drier breeze to enter in. In the summer remember to leave them on longer to help reduce humidity.
Place house plants temporarily outside or concentrate them in one room. Plants release moisture vapors in the air. When you have a lot of plants their role in home humidity levels can be significant.
Repair Air Conditioning and Furnace Filters
If you feel that with your air conditioner running that the heat and humidity not being controlled, it could be because the air conditioner filters have become clogged with dirt due to a lack of maintenance. Clogged air conditioner filters decrease air flow and the effectiveness of air conditioner to cool a room. This is why, before the summer starts, you should have your air conditioning units serviced and maintained so that when temperatures start rising, your unit is in proper working condition to be able to create a comfortable, cool environment.
Open the Windows
And finally simply by opening your windows you can increase the flow of air and reduce humidity. You can provide your home with proper ventilation by opening the windows to let some fresh air in. This is extremely beneficial in the kitchens and bathrooms that are more prone to moisture and humidity.
Give us a call at Action Heating and Air Conditioning at 251 281-2520 to obtain our indoor air ventilation services or to inspect the quality of air in your home so that you can take the necessary measures for controlling humid temperatures in your home during our hot summer months.