In Florida’s warm climate, humidity can present a serious issue for your HVAC system. When your air conditioning unit is working properly, it removes excess heat and moisture from the air in your living space. However, in the hot summer months, when humidity levels rise, your air conditioning unit is forced to work much harder. Not only can excessive humidity levels in your home add to the wear of your air conditioning system and result in higher energy costs, but it can also support mold growth and dust mites. These allergens can trigger allergic sensitivity, such itching, sneezing, and coughing. Fortunately, there are several ways to control the humidity levels in your home and provide a healthy living environment for you and your loved ones.
Before you can begin to reduce humidity levels in your home, it is important to be able to gauge your home’s level of humidity. An ideal humidity level is around 45%. It should not drop below 30% or rise above 50%. You could use a hygrometer to measure your home’s humidity levels. Several small indications that your in-home humidity level has risen too high include foggy windows, a moist or clammy feeling in the air or on your skin, or moisture and mold accumulating on walls and ceilings.
One method of reducing humidity levels in your home is to have our trained technicians install a dehumidifier with a newly installed HVAC system or directly on a previously installed HVAC system. A dehumidifier works by helping your air conditioning unit extract excess moisture from the air before it is sent into your home. Another viable option is a stand-alone dehumidifier. This will provide you with the ability to manually monitor and influence humidity levels in your home. However, more than one stand-alone unit may be necessary to provide enough dehumidification to sustain a comfortable environment.
There is also a variety of small things that you and your family can do to decrease humidity levels in your home. If you have a humidifier in your home for the cooler months of the year, it should immediately be turned down or off for the warm months. It is also important to promote airflow and the exchange of fresh, dry air in your home. This can be done by opening windows and using exhaust fans when cooking or bathing. Reducing the amount of water you introduce into the air can also lower humidity levels. Such simple steps as cooking with covered pots, taking cooler and shorter showers, reducing the number of plants in your home, and venting clothing dryers to the outdoors can make this possible.
Controlling humidity levels in your home is crucial in the warm Florida climate to ensure the lasting operation of your air conditioning system and the health and comfort of you and your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Advanced Air and Heat!