Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the humidity that most Floridians are accustomed to. Humidity makes the air feel sticky and uncomfortable. Your home should be a refuge from the humidity. If you feel the effects of humid air in your home, read our tips on how to manage indoor humidity.
What is Humidity?
Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. When you hear the weatherman refer to humidity, it’s typically in a percent. This percentage is referred to as “relative humidity” – the ratio of how much water vapor is in the air and how much water the air can hold at that temperature without being saturated. Florida is known for its high humidity levels, but most people feel comfortable around 50-60 percent relative humidity.
Potential Problems with Too Much Humidity
Too much humidity can not only make things uncomfortable for you, but it can also cause problems in your home.
Too much humidity in your home can allow bacteria, viruses, and fungus to grow and spread. This is especially bad if you have allergy, asthma, or arthritic problems. Muggy environments also make it harder to sleep. And when you go without sleep…well, no one wins.
Wet insulation is a major problem for your home that can lead to rotting and mold within your walls. This can easily go unnoticed in places like your attic, causing damage without you even knowing! It also creates the perfect environment for bugs and pests to become your new house guests.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Above all, humidity directly affects the quality of the air you breathe in your home. It makes things uncomfortable, but can easily aggravate allergies or asthma. Mold can start to form as a result of a humid house. Mold spores can be looming in the air and bacteria can spread if your humidity goes unchecked.
How to Reduce Humidity in Your Home
You know that too much humidity is bad, but that knowledge doesn’t fix the problem. The following are just some of the ways you can control your home’s humidity.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great tool to battle the humidity during the hot summer months. Ceiling fans create movement in your home and offer relief from the still, sticky humid air.
Air Out Bathrooms
When you take showers, hot humid air is building up in your bathroom like a sauna. When that bathroom door opens, you unleash a wave of tropical and uncomfortable air into your home. Opt for colder showers instead. And if that’s a foreign concept, just try to take shorter showers!
Another way to relieve some of that added moisture is to open a bathroom window to release the air that would otherwise be building up in your home.
Cut Down On Kitchen Appliances
Another good practice during the hot, humid months is to reduce your use of kitchen appliances like the stove or the oven. These appliances release a lot of heat in an already hot and sticky environment. Summer is a good time to use a slow-cooker in lieu of hot appliances because no one wants to sit through dinner feeling hot and sticky!
Invest in a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is another way to combat the humidity in your home. It’s sole purpose is to remove moisture from your air and put it back out, moisture-free. This will be one of your best weapons during the sticky season.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Running
Though it’s main job isn’t to remove moisture, your air conditioner helps to reduce the humidity in your home. Your air conditioner takes the air in your home and runs it over cooling coils to circulate back into your home. This air is cooler and free of things like dust and moisture. Your AC unit helps you feels more comfortable even in the blazing Florida heat and humidity.
Handling Humidity with Crystal Air
If you just can’t seem to find relief from the humidity, contact the professionals at Crystal Air & Water! Our team of trained technicians can install humidity control equipment and check up on your AC unit. By installing humidity control equipment in your home, you can remove up to four times more humidity than using a conventional system. We’re not comfortable until you are!