As local temperatures continue to linger near 100 degrees, what can you do to reduce the humidity in your home, and improve indoor air quality? Please read on to learn more.
The Dangers of Excessive Humidity
Humidity, the amount of the water vapor in the air, can increase the discomfort related to excessive heat, making high temperatures feel hotter. This affects the human body’s ability to cool itself. In addition, excessive humidity in your home can lead to mold growth, to which many people are highly allergic, and may be related to other health concerns, such as asthma and bacterial infections in those with immune deficiencies. Mold can grow in many areas of your home, especially in basements, crawlspaces, and attics. It also can grow in rooms prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. A device called a hygrometer can be used to measure the percentage of humidity in your home. In the summer, the indoor relative humidity should ideally be no greater than 50%.
Using Dehumidifiers In Your Home
While one of the main functions of an air conditioning unit is to reduce moisture from the air, the process can be helped furthermore by the use of a whole home dehumidifier as part of a complete HVAC system. Thus, a dehumidifier can help your air conditioner cool more efficiently. These units can be installed at a later date, or as part of the installation of a new HVAC system. In contrast, portable dehumidifiers can be a more cost-effective solution for some homeowners. The portable units can be placed to concentrate on areas of your home that are especially prone to excessive moisture. An HVAC professional can help you decide which solution is right for your home.
To schedule a performance check to assure that your air conditioner is running well during mid-summer heat and humidity, please contact the professionals from Expert Air and Refrigeration at (512) 255-6525.