Balancing the humidity inside your home is crucial to your health, comfort level, and the appropriate maintenance of wood flooring and other prized possessions. If your home is too humid or too dry this Summer, you may need more information about achieving balanced humidity.
Too little humidity is usually a concern during the Winter months, when the air is cold and dry. Dry air can lead to skin irritation, asthma, discomfort, and other health concerns. On the opposite spectrum lies the issue of too much humidity.
Suffering from too much humidity is an issue commonly associated with Summer. If the air in your home is not dehumidified, unsanitary and dangerous mold growth or other problems will begin to manifest. Other inconsistencies in the correct level of humidity can result from improper ventilation, ground water leakage or plumbing leaks.
What can you do to help balance the humidity in your home?
- One mistake you don’t want to make is to cool your home below the dewpoint temperature; it is a common misconception that keeping your blower on full at all times during hot weather is a good idea. This will end up creating condensation and the unfortunate increase in humidity.
- Purchase a dehumidifier that will start to run when it senses the humidity levels are too high (typically above 55 to 60%).
- Some homes have inadequate insulation and vapor barriers. Check to make sure you have proper and updated insulation.
- Pay attention to any condensation on your windows; this means that your humidity levels are off.
- Hire a professional to assess your home’s needs; they can give you a detailed report on your particulate, carbon monoxide, bacteria and mold levels.
While air conditioners these days can certainly be modified to partially dehumidify the air, you will need to take other measures to achieve optimal comfort in your Corpus Christi home.
For more information on achieving balanced humidity, upgrading your HVAC system, or other issues of home comfort, contact the professionals at CCAC, Inc. We have been happily serving the Corpus Christi area since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about achieving balanced humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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