Here in the Orlando area, we’re accustomed to the notorious humidity of Florida. It’s oppressive, energy-sapping, and just plain hard to deal with. That’s why it’s so important to be able to retreat into the comfort of our homes, where the humidity levels are much more manageable and unlikely to be a problem.
But sometimes, that isn’t the case. Humidity levels can spike, bringing the same suffocating moisture indoors that you’re trying so hard to escape. But how do you lower them? Read on, and the pros at American Air & Heat will lay out a few easy ways to help you deal with high humidity levels in your home!
Why High Humidity is Problematic
On the surface, high humidity might not seem like much more than a nuisance. But beneath the surface, the presence of excess moisture can lead to issues that can have long-lasting effects on your home and the people in it.
- It generally feels worse. Humidity makes the air in your home feel heavy, and it makes it harder to breathe. No thanks.
- It creates a breeding ground for undesirable contaminants. Mold, specifically, pops up when a lot of moisture is present. When your home is too humid, you’re more at risk for mold.
- Rusting happens quicker.
- Sweat lingers. Sweat needs moisture-free air to evaporate from your skin – it’s hard to evaporate if the moisture coming from your skin is met with moisture-heavy air around it.
Ways to Reduce Humidity at Home
So, humidity is annoying and should be dealt with quickly. But how? Some ways are extremely helpful, but they might not be intuitive. Others are tedious and seem like they aren’t worth the trouble. Here are a few of the easiest methods:
- Seal your openings. Doors and windows allow air into your home, and if you’re trying to avoid the humid air outside, then you don’t want it getting in. Use weather stripping to prevent drafts, and go through and seal places where a gap might’ve opened up.
- Change the air filters. Air needs to move freely through your home to get rid of the moisture, but if your filters are clogged then your air system can’t properly cycle through. Change the filter every 30 days or so to ensure that this isn’t a problem.
- Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. The purpose of these fans is to remove odors and excess moisture (like steam), and they’ll do just fine when you’re trying to remove humidity.
- Get a dehumidifier. This seems like a no-brainer, but if you’d prefer to skirt around the DIY humidity-removal methods and just stop worrying about it, a dehumidifier will do the trick.
Humidity isn’t fun and realizing that your home has higher-than-normal moisture levels can ruin your day in a pinch. But with these tips, you and your family will be able to enjoy fresh, clean air in no time. And with American Air & Heat’s expertise, indoor air quality can be a thing of the past for good.
Talk to one of our team members today to learn how we can help improve the air in your home. Give us a call at (407) 512-9337 to take the next step to a cleaner home!