High humidity in your home can cause musty odors and allow mold to flourish in moisture-prone areas like the bathrooms. Maintaining lower humidity between 30 and 50 percent is the best way to prevent these and other problems, such as window condensation, water stains on the ceilings and walls, warped wood floors and trim, or peeling paint from developing.
Excess moisture in your indoor air can have other adverse effects as well, such as:
- Decreased comfort – When humidity isn’t kept under control, the air feels sticky even when the cooling system is running. Perspiration stays on the skin instead of evaporating, too, so the body feels hot and uncomfortable.
- Air quality issues – Heat and high humidity provide the ideal growth conditions for mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergy triggers. Breathing humid air is also more difficult for anyone suffering from heart disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema and other respiratory disorders.
- Higher energy costs – An air conditioner pulls moisture from the air during the normal cooling process, but dealing with excess humidity puts added strain on the equipment and increases energy consumption.
Helpful Tips to Keep Humidity Under Control
Following are several ways to help you keep high humidity at bay:
- Hire a professional to seal and insulate the ductwork to keep air from unconditioned areas from entering the HVAC system.
- Have the cooling system inspected to ensure it’s sized correctly and able to dehumidify the space effectively.
- Make sure your clothes dryer vent is in good condition, attached properly and vented directly outdoors.
- Schedule a yearly air conditioner tune-up to keep the equipment operating at maximum efficiency.
- Clean the A/C’s condensate drain frequently to prevent blockages, backups and pooling water.
- When upgrading the cooling system, opt for a variable-speed air handler to significantly improve air circulation.
- Install ample attic ventilation to get rid of hot, humid air and avoid condensation problems.
- Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms when cooking, bathing or showering.
For more expert advice on how to lower humidity in your Amarillo home, contact the comfort pros at Amarillo Air Conditioning today.
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