How to Manage Humidity in Your Home

August 2, 2021

An excessive amount of humidity can be extremely annoying, especially when it’s inside your home. Too much humidity can cause you to sweat and increase the potential for mold growth in your home. For most people, excessive humidity is especially a problem during the summer months. Don’t let humidity take over!

Wondering how to reduce humidity in your home? There are plenty of approaches you can take. Try some of the humidity management methods mentioned below and your home is sure to feel more comfortable in no time.

Finding the right level of humidity

You shouldn’t have too much or too little humidity in your home. Too little humidity could cause dry skin, chipped paint, damaged wood floors and other issues. On the other hand, too much humidity could cause the growth of mold and mildew, damp insulation, wood rot and health problems. That’s why it’s important to maintain the right level of humidity.

For the most part, experts recommend a level of 40 to 60 percent humidity in the home. This allows for optimal comfort while preventing most of the issues that go along with too much or too little humidity.

One of the best ways to determine the level of humidity in your home is by using a hygrometer. These devices measure the amount of water vapor in the air and are available for under $10. That said, it’s important to do some research before investing in a particular hygrometer.

Increasing humidity

If you are experiencing low humidity in your home, consider investing in a humidifier. These devices can easily add a bit of moisture to your home and are available in many different sizes. There are several different types of humidifiers, and choosing the right one will depend on your exact needs. Some of the types include central humidifiers, evaporators, impeller humidifiers and steam vaporizers.

As mentioned above, it’s good to invest in a hygrometer. However, if you don’t have one, there are several signs that there’s not enough humidity in your home. Increased allergies, static electricity and cold symptoms could all signal too little humidity.

Reducing humidity

Wondering how to reduce humidity? A dehumidifier is going to be your best option when it comes to reducing the humidity in your home. As with humidifiers, there are plenty of different options for dehumidifiers, so be sure to consider several before making a purchase. Another great way to control the humidity in your home is by cracking a few windows and/or turning on vent fans. Proper ventilation can easily help reduce the amount of humidity in your home.

Invest in a high-efficiency HVAC unit

Many modern HVAC units have the ability to control humidity levels in the home. All you have to do is enter your preferred settings. These high-efficiency HVAC units make controlling humidity levels during any season incredibly easy. Ask an air conditioning technician in your area for help finding and installing one of these products.

Your air conditioner does a good job of taking care of humidity management during the summer when it’s working efficiently. Let the experts at JMB A/C & Heating LLC ensure your air conditioner is ready to serve you all season long—call today for an appointment!

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