How To Get Rid Of Home Humidity
Floridians spend much of their time indoors to escape the heat and humidity. But now your home feels humid! How to get rid of home humidity is a question the experts from Symbiont Air Conditioning get asked all the time.
Did you know that Florida is the state that has the most humidity? It’s been shown that Florida sees humidity levels for more than 50% of the year and those levels are also higher than 50%. No wonder we are so uncomfortable when we step outdoors! The problem starts, though when you’re sitting in your house and you feel “sticky” and that is because of the humidity.
Humidity is uncomfortable, but it can also lead to serious illness or ill effects, especially in the elderly. If your home, or the home of a loved one feels humid there are a few reasons why:
- The air conditioner is too large
- The home design is so airtight that it doesn’t allow for air flow
- The location of the home itself
How To Get Rid Of Home Humidity
Humidity is just unpleasant as well as uncomfortable. When you sweat it evaporates from your skin. If you sweat in the humidity you just continue to feel sweaty and wet. When you’re sitting in your home and you’re feeling humid, that means there is too much moisture in the air. Humidity can make you feel warmer than you should, based on the indoor temperature — that means, even if you turn the temperature lower, you will still feel the humidity.
Humidity is uncomfortable – no doubt about it. BUT humidity can also impact your home by:
- Negatively impacting the air quality
- Damaging the structure because of the dampness. Condensation can collect on surfaces and lead to mold growth.
- Dust mites and rodents thrive on humidity.
- You will probably have a higher utility bill because you will keep turning the temperature lower and lower to escape the uncomfortable humidity — you can’t.
There is no one ideal level of humidity for home because it changes from season to season and even from room to room. Air conditioning experts concur that a relative humidity of 50% is ideal in a bedroom because it helps you sleep better and can keep allergens and dust mites away.
How can you lower the humidity levels?
Thankfully, there is a way to lower the humidity and here are a few options:
- Always turn on the kitchen exhaust fan when you’re cooking
- Run the bathroom fan when you shower
- Ceiling fans can increase air movement and help you feel cooler.
- If the humidity outside is lower, open the windows and let in fresh air. If it’s humid outdoors, keep the windows closed.
- If you see “sweat” on pipes, have them checked as they could actually be leaking
- Invest in a whole-house dehumidifier
- Call one of our air conditioning professionals to inspect your unit to see if it’s properly sized for your home and if it’s functioning as it should
Concerned about the air quality in your home, give us a call today. We are still working even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The filters in the HVAC unit also play a role in the comfort of your home. We can inspect those for you, clean and/or replace them to help assure your unit is working at peak levels and to ensure you’re comfortable in your Florida home.
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