Florida summers are known for fun in the sun and — you guessed it — high humidity levels. But just because the air outside is saturated with moisture doesn’t mean that your home’s interior should be muggy. By taking steps to lower humidity levels inside of your house, you can improve home comfort, promote healthy living conditions, prevent damage to woodwork and save money.
Spotting Humidity Problems
You might think that detecting excessive humidity within your home is a no-brainer. After all, if your house feels like a sauna, it’s obvious that you have an issue. There are more subtle indicators, though. Does anyone in your household struggle with allergy problems? This could be caused by muggy conditions. Never overlook water stains on walls and ceilings, musty odors, mold growth, or condensation on windows. These are common signs that you need to lower humidity levels indoors.
Correcting Humidity Problems
There are many simple and affordable ways to lower humidity levels within your home such as the following.
- Running your fan on auto will prevent the accumulation of excess moisture. By leaving the fan set to “on”, air will pass over wet coils when the condenser cycles down. This re-humidifies the home.
- Ventilation is essential. Dryer and kitchen vents and bathroom fans should all be ventilated outdoors.
- Placing moisture-absorbant plants like Boston ferns in problem areas can make a difference.
- Dehumidifiers are ideal for spot treating rooms with excessive humidity.
- Seal off air leaks and leaky ducts, as these are major causes of high humidity levels.
- Use plastic vapor barriers to cover dirt floors in basements, crawl spaces and cellars.
- Minimize moisture-generating activities like boiling water and taking hot showers on humid days.
If humidity continues to be a problem within your home, you might want to consider investing in an air conditioner with a variable-speed air handler. Be sure it’s properly sized for efficiency and moisture control. A whole-home dehumidifier is another great option.
Learn more about how to lower humidity levels indoors by contacting NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve counties of Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Indian River.