With the weather getting hotter, your home can get stuffy and humid thanks to the excess moisture in the air. Indoor humidity must be managed properly, as too much of it can easily affect indoor air quality and comfort. To help you manage your indoor humidity this summer, Climate Systems Heating and Cooling shares more insight.
Why Managing Indoor Humidity Is Important
Excess humidity won’t just put a damper on your home’s comfort. It can also affect wood furniture and other objects that are sensitive to humidity. Over time, it can even lead to structural damage. It can increase energy consumption as your HVAC system works harder than normal to maintain the room temperature. Naturally, this leads to higher monthly utility bills.
Too much humidity isn’t ideal for your family’s health either. This is because the excess moisture in the air promotes the growth of mold and bacteria that affect indoor air quality. This can aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms. Excess humidity also leads to dust mites, wilted plants and even poor quality of sleep.
Tips to Consider
Open your windows more often. Sometimes, leaving your windows open longer helps to lower indoor humidity levels. Make sure to turn off your air conditioning system first to prevent the cool air from being pulled outside.
Don’t dry laundry inside. You may use indoor drying racks for clothes that can’t be put in the dryer. Drying your damp clothes indoors during the summer will only make your home more humid, so hang them outside if possible. If you do need to dry them indoors, consider getting a dehumidifier.
Install a dehumidifier. This is effective in reducing excess indoor humidity, and it can fit right inside your unit’s air handler. A dehumidifier also makes the conditioned air dry and cool, which is perfect for the summer season!
Climate Systems Heating and Cooling is the leading contractor for your HVAC repair, maintenance and installation needs. Call us today at (724) 935-3900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.