Is your home humid?
Indoor humidity can make your home very uncomfortable in the summer months. For your home to be at it’s ideal comfort level the indoor humidity should be between 30-50%. Although, humidity in the summer is inevitable, especially in Virginia, there are ways to keep the humidity down in your home.
Do not underestimate the importance of keeping the humidity at a proper level. Improper indoor humidity levels are often underestimated and can lead to many health hazards. Excessive moisture in the air can lead to mold and mildew, which can contribute to the increase of allergies, colds, headaches, asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and a chronic cough. Over an extended period of time, high indoor humidity can cause major issues to your home such as drywall crumbling and rotting wood.
Here are some ways to combat the humidity in your home:
- Ventilate – Ventilation can reduce humidity by increasing the air flow throughout your home.
- Leaking Pipes – Fixing any leaks coming from the pipes will decrease the humidity. This includes condensation from hot or cold-water pipes.
- House Plants – Having too many house plants can increase the humidity in your home. Cover the exposed soil, otherwise, water will evaporate into the air increasing the humidity and causing you to water them more often.
- Fans – Fans can help move the air around and help with evaporation.
- Replace Filters – Replacing filters will decrease the humidity. A clogged filter will slow down the air flow.
- HVAC Maintenance – A dirty unit will prevent your HVAC unit from circulating and removing water from the air. It is very important to keep your unit clean and operating at its highest efficiency. We are able to test for excessive moisture levels. In many cases, cleaning or adjusting your HVAC unit can
- Install A Dehumidifier – Our technicians can install a dehumidifier in the heating and cooling system to provide a non-invasive way of achieving air quality throughout your entire home. When in the market for these products ask for energy-efficient models. This will help you save money on your electricity bills and will help the environment! Another added benefit of installing a dehumidifier and reducing the amount of water vapor in the air is reducing the workload on your HVAC system, which also saves you money!
Southern Goodman has experienced technicians that can find the option that is best for you and unique to your home. Our comfort specialists are available every day of the week to provide you with a fair and accurate estimate on your HVAC system. We can help you and your family beat the humidity!