The summer months can be a real pain when it comes to humidity levels. In Florida, humidity levels can reach 60% on hot and steamy days. Between the hot weather and high levels of moisture in the air, it can be difficult to keep your home cool and comfortable. Even worse than comfort levels, humidity can pose a threat to the home structure and surfaces.
Moisture on Windows
One way to tell if your home’s humidity levels are too high is by checking for moisture on windows and other cold surfaces. Having an excess of moisture for a prolonged amount of time can be damaging to walls and other home structures. When there’s excess moisture in the air, it will condense on colder surfaces like windows and glass doors. If you notice water droplets or beads of water on any windows in your home, it’s likely that your humidity levels are too high. Humidifiers have become a popular item recently, but it’s important to note that humidifiers are not recommended for use in homes without proper vapor barriers. This creates potential damage from moisture buildup.
Reduce and Control the Humidity Levels
Living in Florida, we all have air conditioning units that are equipped to fight off high levels of humidity. Summer months, however, bring an extra amount of moisture in the air, so here are some ways we can fight off additional moisture:
- Setting your AC Unit fan to automatic. Keeping it “on” position can potentially re-humidify the space by blowing air over wet coils.
- Consider installing small dehumidifiers around your home.
- Don’t lower the thermostat! Turning down the thermostat can be a sign that your ac unit is not functioning properly.
- Invest in an air conditioning unit with a variable speed air handler.
Cut Out Excess Humidity
Air conditioning units can only handle a certain amount of moisture. Once you pass that threshold, an excess is going to start to build up. Here are a few ways to keep the extra moisture out:
- installing vents in high traffic areas of the home.
- run a dehumidifier.
- Seal any air and duct leaks.
- Avoid activities that may contribute to higher humidity levels. Activities could include, hot showers, boiling water on the stove, etc.
- Ensure your AC Unit is functioning properly. As a quick check-in routine: clean the coils on your unit monthly, change your air filter every few months, keep vents and registers clear of debris and dust, and schedule routine maintenance with a professional, like Fresh Air and Heat.
Decreasing the humidity in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. By following these simple tips,You’ll be on your way to a comfortable and humidity-free home in no time! Do you have any other tips for decreasing humidity levels in the home? Let us know! Be sure to check out our blog for more great tips on keeping your home cool and comfortable all summer long.
Proper ventilation is great to keep in mind when trying to reduce moisture. Installing ventilation fans in areas of the home of high moisture levels will combat the humidity. Examples of this could look like turning on the fan when taking a hot shower or turning on the fan when cooking in the kitchen. Fans increase the circulation which decreases condensation. Call Fresh Air and Heat to see how you can implement more ventilation.
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There are quite a few words in the air conditioning realm that can get slightly confusing. We hope you were able to take away some key information for the next time you have a conversation with your local HVAC Technician.
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