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Is Moisture in the Air Damaging Your HVAC?

How is your heating and air conditioning dealing with the humidity? Is there any apparent damage? Believe it or not, moisture in the air can lead to issues with your HVAC system. Take a look at how.

Mold and Mildew

There’s almost nothing worse than finding mold and mildew in your home. It can set off allergic reactions, cause health issues, and be toxic if it gets out of control. Warmth and humidity are the two biggest factors in mold growth. When the air is humid, that mold can take hold inside your ducts and your heating components. While excess moisture isn’t as much of an issue in the winter as it is in the summer, it’s still something to look out for.

Rust and Corrosion

When the humidity levels go up, your HVAC equipment is at risk for rust and corrosion as well as other damage. It can also impact how effective the heat and air conditioning are. With higher moisture levels in the air, your system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable.

How to Correct It

The best way to manage humidity is with a dehumidifier. Installing one alongside your current HVAC system can help keep the relative humidity in your home right where it should be, below 60%. The lower level of moisture in the air will help prevent damage to your equipment and make your home more comfortable.

For all the information you need to manage humidity and protect your heating and air conditioning system, contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc.

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