Find Out How to Lower Indoor Humidity in the Summer

Indoor HumidityIndoor humidity can be helpful to make a house feel warmer in winter, but it’s definitely not an advantage during hot summer weather. High humidity makes a warm environment feel even hotter than it actually is. To compensate, people tend to push the AC thermostat setting even lower, which increases electrical consumption and monthly utility bills. High indoor humidity also triggers mold and mildew contamination; damages paint, wood flooring, and paneling; and even spawns microscopic dust mites that are highly allergenic for many people.

Humans feel most comfortable when relative indoor humidity levels are in the range of 40% to 50%.  Here are some tips to keep your environment that way this summer:

  • Get an AC checkup. There’s a reason it’s called an “air conditioner” and not merely an “air cooler.”  Humidity extraction is a significant part of efficient air conditioning. Schedule an annual AC tune-up with your HVAC contractor to ensure all system functions, including humidity reduction, are operating up to specifications.
  • Keep outdoor humidity outside. Humid outdoor air infiltrates the home environment through cracks and gaps in the structure and accumulates inside. Seal the frames around windows and doors with weatherstripping or caulking and identify and eliminate other air leaks in the structure that add humidity inside.
  • Exhaust water vapor. Kitchens and bathrooms are major contributors to humidity levels in the house. These spaces should have exhaust fans that pull humid air out of the house through a dedicated duct. Run exhaust fans for at least 20 minutes after cooking or bathing.
  • Use a solar dryer. Also known as a clothesline, drying clothes outdoors when weather permits can help reduce humidity that originates from the indoor clothes drier.
  • Consider a dehumidifier. A whole-house dehumidifier installed in HVAC ductwork extracts humidity from air circulating through the entire house. You can program exact relative humidity settings to continuously maintain indoor comfort and efficiency.

Get experienced advice and expert service to reduce indoor humidity by contacting the professionals at Paitson Bros.

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