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Addressing High Humidity Levels In Your Home

Addressing High Humidity Levels In Your Home
With the arrival of spring in our great state of Florida, most heating needs are complete, at least until next winter. While springtime may not bring the insufferably high heat of summer, it does ramp up the humidity along with the return of higher temperatures. Humidity is not only a threat to the comfort level in your home, but it is also taxing on HVAC systems designed to remove it if not fit for the job.
If the high humidity within your home is causing you problems, there are definite things you can check and do in order to address the issue.

Appropriately Sized HVAC
As mentioned previously, many modern HVAC systems are already designed to address humidity levels. However, this protection fails when the HVAC system is over or undersized for the job. If your air conditioning unit is larger than your needs, it can cool your house far too fast for the dehumidifier to manage to do its job. An A/C unit that is too small for your home’s dehumidifying needs may mean you need to consider additional methods of removing the mugginess from the air. Purchasing standalone dehumidifiers, adding ventilators to your system, or the installation of additional measures such as whole-home dehumidifiers can all significantly improve your problems with in-home humidity levels.

Windows And Ventilation
If you are home, you should take advantage of any moment when the outdoor humidity levels are low by opening your windows to allow circulation. However, it is just as important to keep your windows and doors shut when external humidity levels are very high. As tempting as the occasional cool breeze may be, higher humidity will make a beeline for your home through windows and doors left open. With regards to ventilation, every little bit counts. Make sure your family is using the ventilation exhaust fans when cooking and using the shower to reduce excess moisture building up in your home. You may also want to avoid using the fan setting on any A/C unit in your home as it will draw humid air directly from outside. Consider using indoor fans to address periods where it isn’t hot enough to run the A/C but a fan would be helpful.

Indoor humidity issues can occur due to a variety of causes, not all of which are related to weather. As a homeowner, you should make sure there aren’t other contributing factors to your humidity levels. This includes water leaks, poor ventilation, poor insulation, and even an unnoticed dryer heating exhaust leaking humid air inside. It may be as simple as changing routines, but in other cases, additional equipment may be your best bet for addressing humid conditions. For all of your HVAC servicing needs, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.

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