When your home in the Coastal Bend area has high humidity levels, not only can it make you feel uncomfortably hot, but it can also worsen the symptoms of asthma or allergies, promote mold growth and encourage insect infestations. By making a few changes around your home, you can reduce humidity and keep a healthier home.
Reduce Humidity With the HVAC System
The following are a few ways your HVAC system can help keep humidity levels in check:
- When installing a new HVAC system, make sure that the HVAC contractor sizes the system properly. Oversized air conditioners cycle on and off frequently and don’t dehumidify the air properly.
- Service your HVAC system at least annually. Regular service helps to keep your system operating properly and ensures that it can better control humidity levels.
- Use the “auto” setting for the thermostat fan instead of letting it run constantly. Airflow over the evaporator coils can cause remaining moisture to evaporate back into the air between cooling cycles.
- Keep the condensate drain clean. Clogged drains and can prevent moisture from draining away, hindering dehumidification.
- Seal leaks in your air ducts and exterior walls to prevent extra moisture from being drawn indoors.
- Consider adding a ventilation system or a dehumidifier. Also, upgrade to an HVAC system with a variable-speed air handler to better control humidity.
Other Ways to Reduce Humidity
Here are a few things you can do around the house to further lower humidity:
- Install exhaust fans in the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. Turn them on when cooking, washing dishes, doing laundry or bathing, and keep them on for several minutes afterward.
- Take shorter, cooler showers to limit the amount of humidity added to the air on humid days.
- Make sure the clothes dryer vents outside, and clean the vent often.
- Repair roof and plumbing leaks immediately to prevent humidity increases and water damage.
For more ways to reduce humidity, talk to our cooling experts at CCAC, Inc. We serve Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend region.
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 reducing humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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