Humidity is a major issue on the entire Florida peninsula, especially during the hot summer months. Keeping humidity levels comfortable in the home is an ongoing challenge. Controlling humidity begins by understanding its effects and how people respond to it.
Some Common Questions About Balanced Humidity
What happens when the humidity gets too high inside? High moisture levels inside can lead to mold growth and dust mite population explosions. Both of these are major allergens for Florida residents. It also makes the air feel clammy and uncomfortable.
What happens when humidity levels get too low? Low humidity levels inside can lead to breathing problems, skin irritation and static electricity. This can happen during the cooler winter days when the homeowner needs to turn on the heat.
What are the ideal indoor humidity levels? Homeowners should strive to keep internal humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Balanced humidity keeps the structure’s inhabitants and visitors comfortable without the effects of high or low humidity.
How Do You Manage Interior Humidity Levels?
Balanced humidity levels inside the home can combine both manual and mechanical means. Here are a few options to consider:
Vent bathroom and kitchen areas to prevent humidity from entering the rest of the house. Use a mechanical fan or crack a window in the bathroom. Use the fan over the stove to draw out cooking humidity.
Install a whole-house dehumidifier. In Florida, you need a dehumidifier attached to your home’s HVAC system for efficient humidity removal throughout our living space.
Get a smaller portable humidifier for the winter. If you experience dry air in winter, buy a small humidifier and use it when you need to turn on the heater on the cooler winter evenings. In Florida, you probably won’t need a whole-house humidifying system, as you might in a northern climate.
Managing your home’s humidity levels will keep everyone more comfortable year round.
For more expert advice on controlling your home’s internal humidity and other home comfort issues, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We have been serving our neighbors in Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties since 1973. Call us today to set an appointment.