Controlling Home Humidity in Summer
If you live in Texas, you know the summers can be unbearably humid. You expect humidity when you go outside, but it’s a miserable experience to come home and have to deal with the humidity there, too. On top of just being uncomfortable, humidity negatively impacts several parts of your home; it contributes to the growth of mold and mildew, damages the wood and paint on your home’s interior, and even reduces the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. If you’re tired of your home feeling balmy and unpleasant, taking extra steps towards reducing its humidity is worth it. It will save you money, too!
Use a dehumidifier
You can find portable dehumidifiers at most hardware or appliance stores. These can be a good option because you can move them to the necessary rooms and have more flexibility in how often you use them. You can also ask an HVAC professional if their company offers dehumidifying appliances.
Decrease the moisture entering the air
One easy way to do this is by taking shorter showers with cooler water. Steam is a significant source of moisture, so cutting down on long showers will help reduce the moisture in your home’s air. To take this tip one step further, run the vent fans in your bathroom when you shower so the steam doesn’t collect. Other everyday home routines that can contribute to humidity are doing laundry and cooking (i.e. boiling water). While you don’t have to stop doing these chores altogether, you can resolve to make small changes, like only doing laundry when you have a full wash load or letting clothes air-dry outside. It’s also extremely helpful to have your clothes dryer exhaust vent to the outside.
Check your basement, crawlspace, and pipes for condensation
Warmer air is capable of holding more moisture, which is why summers tend to be so humid. This causes condensation that brings excess moisture into your home. Check your pipes, windows, crawl spaces, and basements for possible signs of condensation (it usually looks like the surface is “sweating,” meaning it has water droplets collecting on it). If you do notice condensation in these places, they can be insulated to stop the further formation of water.
Get the most out of your AC unit
One of the main functions of your air conditioner in the summertime is to remove humidity. However, an ill-fitted heating and air conditioning can alter the levels of moisture in your home, so it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is the right size. If you think your system might be the cause of your humid house, call an HVAC specialist to assess if you are in need of a different unit. If your AC unit is already the right size, make sure that the drain line and drip pans are clear and clean.
If you need to have your HVAC system evaluated to make sure it’s efficiently preventing excess humidity, call Tex-Perts Cooling and Heating today at 210-599-1200.