The south is always more humid than other areas of the country, but that doesn’t mean you have to relinquish control when it comes to the humidity levels in your house. When the summer warms up, and the moisture levels rise, use these three strategic ways to control it.
#1: Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner
Warm air holds onto humidity more effectively than cool air. Air conditioning cools the air in your home, reducing the humidity levels as it reduces the amount of warm air. Sometimes you have to turn the AC down to an uncomfortably cool temperature before seeing the humidity down where you want it.
#2: Check for Leaks
If your house feels more humid than it should, it could be more than just the climate. Inspect your home for leaks in the basement, under the roof, and around windows. Upgrade your insulation and seal all of your door and window edges to prevent excess moisture from seeping in when it rains.
#3: Add a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier works alongside your HVAC system to remove moisture from the air in your home. When there’s less humidity, your house will feel cooler at a warmer temperature. You’ll use less energy to cool your home and save money on your utility bills. With less moisture in the air, your home will also feel less sticky, and you’ll reduce the chance of damage to your property as well as cut down on the chance of mold and mildew growth. If your home feels hot and steamy when the hot summer months arrive, it could be the indoor humidity levels. To bring them back into the comfortable range, talk to the pros at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling.