While most areas of the country deal with dry winter air, your South Florida home is plagued by excess humidity all year round. This can lead to mold growth, which causes an unpleasant musty odor, degrades indoor air quality, and intensifies allergies and asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals. Here are the top six ways for avoiding mold problems when you return to your Florida home during the winter season:
- Use the A/C’s “auto” fan setting: In other climates, it may be appropriate to run the fan at all times, but in Florida’s humid climate, set the blower to “auto” so it turns off when the compressor does. That way, condensed moisture can drain off the coil and out of your home instead of being blown back into the living space.
- Choose the right air conditioner: Look for one with a variable-speed blower motor, since these can run on low speeds for longer. This improves dehumidification significantly when compared to single-speed models. Also, make sure your air conditioner is sized correctly, since over-sized units run too briefly to dehumidify the space properly.
- Maintain your air conditioner: Change the filter regularly and seek professional preventative maintenance once per year. The steps taken here can help you with avoiding mold problems by keeping the A/C in top working order so it continues to dehumidify your home effectively.
- Run ceiling fans: When used in conjunction with your air conditioner, ceiling fans can reduce energy consumption by helping you feel cooler. The air movement fans create also helps deter mold growth by drying up excess moisture.
- Use spot ventilation: The bathroom, kitchen and laundry room produce more moisture than other areas of your home, which is why they should have exhaust fans. Run these as needed to remove excess moisture.
- Avoid opening the windows: While Florida evenings are usually cool, it’s still very humid outside, even in the winter. Avoiding mold problems requires that you keep the windows closed to prevent humidity from entering.
To learn more, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating today. We serve Martin County, Palm Beach County and Indian River County.