How Can You Eliminate Humidity From Your House?
Bad hair days...clothes that stick to your back...the feeling like you're swimming in soup...these are just a few less-than-pleasant side effects of high humidity that summer is known for. At least it's better than snow! That said, humidity can cause a host of problems in addition to lack of comfort. That's why you should follow these tips on how to eliminate humidity from your home.
Hallmarks of Humidity
Technically speaking, the air is considered humid if the moisture level goes higher than 60%. If you go over that level, the body can't evaporate sweat quite as easily as it can at lower levels. This leaves you feeling sluggish, tired and sapped of all energy. Humidity can cause:
- Reactions in asthma and allergy sufferers
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
- Trouble sleeping
- Upper respiratory infections and illnesses if the moisture contains mold spores. Mold is commonly found in dark, damp places like basements, crawlspaces and attics.
As a homeowner, you can take the following steps to decrease the humidity level -- and increase the comfort level -- inside your house throughout the dog days of summer.
Make Ventilation a Priority
Keep ventilation in mind when you're looking to balance out your humidity levels. When it's not too muggy outside, open the windows for cross ventilation, turn on the fans, and put off running appliances like the dishwasher or dryer -- anything that produces heat or steam. Check that all vents are unobstructed and directing steam to the outdoors. Don't neglect your dryer vents; make sure you clean them out regularly. If your dryer ducts are clogged, your humidity levels can go up -- not to mention you're at risk for starting a fire.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires are reported each year causing five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
Lower Humidity Levels to Under 55%
To achieve this delicate balance, combine the use of your air conditioner, as well as your ceiling and oscillating fans. Plan to take a shower or cook on the stove? Don't forget to put on those exhaust fans to redirect steam out of your home.
Use a Dehumidifier
Perhaps you have a whole-house dehumidifier or maybe you just have a stand-alone unit that you place in the basement. Whatever the case, use these appliances for the best moisture-reducing effects. Just don't forget to change out the pads or filters regularly, paying close attention to the manufacturer’s specifications. Your unit will not run as efficiently as it should if the pads are clogged with dirt. You'll pay more for energy bills in the long run.
Don't Let Repairs Fester
Do you suspect leaks in your pipes, walls or roof? If so, have a professional repair them sooner rather than later. This will keep your home's temperature and humidity levels within an acceptable range. It's equally important to locate the source of the moisture so as to ensure the problem doesn't recur.
Contact TDI Air Conditioning
Based in Tyler, TX, TDI Air is your #1 source for residential and commercial heating and cooling products for the utmost in reliable comfort and efficiency. Contact us today or fill out our online form for more information. Have you scheduled your summer tuneup yet? From sales to installation to service, TDI Air has you covered. Schedule your appointment today!