Dallas is considered a sub-tropical region, creating a climate that contains levels of humidity that fluctuate, depending on the time of year. Basically, average humidity stays between 60% and 70% for most of the year, except for in the middle of summer when it dips below 60%.
Ideally, your home’s indoor humidity level should stay between 30-50% to help your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling) system run efficiently. While outdoor humidity can certainly affect the levels of interior humidity, many factors contribute to the degree of moisture in your home. In today’s blog post we cover why high humidity is a problem, and what you can do to make steps toward lowering home humidity.
High Humidity Threatens Your Home and Your Health
High humidity levels can create a host of issues for your home and your own body. Among the problems caused by excessive moisture in the air, you could experience:
Moisture damage that degrades the quality of your home’s wood implements, paint, and siding
Mildew growth that permeates belongings and clothing
Compromised indoor air quality that can lead to mold infestations, respiratory issues, and allergy flareups
Inefficient air conditioning (and escalated monthly bills)
Take Steps to Reverse High Humidity
You can reduce the likelihood of many of the above issues accompanying high humidity. Especially when you need to run the air conditioner, consider the following tips:
Set the fan to automatic to re-humidify the space. When you leave the fan in the “on” position, air will blow over the wet coil when the condenser cycles off.
Invest in a system with a variable-speed air handler.
Install a whole-house dehumidifier if the humidity levels get too extreme.
Consider a smart thermostat to help your system effectively respond to the fluctuations in humidity.
In the winter or other months when an AC is not necessary, you’ll still want to prevent humidity from permeating the home. Tips you can employ include:
Install vent fans in the kitchen and all bathrooms.
Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier.
Seal air and duct leaks.
Choose houseplants that pull moisture out of the air, such as Boston ferns.
Keep an eye on air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines, ensuring they are clean and unobstructed.
Keep gutters clean and extend downspouts further from the house. Also, water plants only when necessary and slope the soil away from the base to prevent puddling.
Humidity levels can be difficult to understand and control, but following these tips and suggestions you will be able to start cutting down on the humid air in your home. By lowering home humidity, you’ll greatly improve your quality of life and the lifespan of your home. For more suggestions on lowering humidity, contact us today.
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