Humidity in your home causes more problems than just sweating
Humidity is high in coastal Florida. Besides causing a ton of sweating and frizzy hair, high humidity affects our air conditioning system and home comfort, too. Modern air conditioners help control indoor humidity levels as a byproduct of controlling the temperature, but in Florida, it’s usually not enough.
Living in New Smyrna, Ormond, Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, Florida, we are subject to the highest humidity levels in the U.S. Without taking steps to dehumidify our homes, Florida residents have a high chance of mold and other moisture-related problems. Living near the beach only makes this risk that much higher. In the hot, humid Florida coast climate, it is very important to have an air conditioner with a high Energy Efficiency Rating. The EER rates how well an A/C works at the hottest times of the year to dehumidify your home. Additionally, the higher the EER, the more cost effective your air conditioner will be. Remember, high EER equals a low electric bill.
Regulate Indoor Humidity
Unfortunately, high EER rated cooling systems are equally expensive to buy. If your A/C is older than 5 years old, your EER rating is probably not high enough to dehumidify your home in coastal Florida. If you’re not in a position to buy a new air conditioner, there are some slighter steps you can take to regulate your indoor humidity levels. This is no easy task living near the beach in Florida, but every effort helps.
We consulted the experts at ASHRAE to find out the best ways to minimize indoor humidity:
Keep the thermostat set to ‘fan off’. When only the A/C fan is on, the system’s dehumidifier is not working. Moisture is being pushed through your home without the air conditioner being able to drain it. This is very bad for your indoor humidity control.
Always use your home’s exhaust fans. When you’re in the shower, make sure the exhaust fan is on in the bathroom to pull the steam out. Cooking dinner? Turn the stove top fan on to get the heat pushed outdoors. The steam and excess heat produced when the shower, stove, and washing machine are in-use cause a ton of extra humidity in your home. And when humidity is very high outside this summer, the excess heat will be a major problem for your indoor air quality.
Buy a dehumidifier. Having a separate dehumidifier in Florida is a smart way to cut humidity levels in the house and reduce the work
your A/C has to do. Dehumidifiers use a fraction of the energy that air conditioners do and cost way less money to buy than a new cooling system. Daikin has the best selection of ventilation products that will work to improve your home’s indoor humidity levels. Their heat exchange system works to keep cool air in your home and humid air out.
Call Advanced Air & Heat for more info on indoor air quality
Soon, humidity levels will be over 90% in Florida from New Smyrna Beach to Palm Coast. Maintaining indoor humidity will be extremely important to avoid mold and water issues in your home this summer. Speak to our indoor air quality experts for other steps you can take to keep mold out and cool air circulating in your home.
Always consider scheduling one of our preventative maintenance tune-ups to get a certified A/C technician to inspect your cooling system. We will make sure your air conditioner is working at its best and that you know all of your options for dehumidification.