There are a few reasons that your home could be high in humidity, especially living here in Florida. Here are a few tips from Performance Conditioning and Heating to help lower your humidity levels.
1. SEAL WINDOWS AND DOORS
It may seem simple, but if your doors and windows are not sealed properly, it could lead to higher humidity levels. When the unit is running, it sucks all that hot, humid air from outside into your living area. Make sure windows and doors are sealed tightly. Check to see if the window seals are in good condition. If not, you should replace them. To check the seals around your doors, turn off the lights and check to see if light is coming in from around the seals. If you see light, you should consider replacing your door seals.
2. USE A DEHUMIDIFIER
The sole purpose of a standalone dehumidification system is to remove moisture from the air. A dehumidifier has a fan that pulls in the air which is then simultaneously exposed to a hot and cold coil, causing the air to condense and turn to water. The water is then disposed of through the drain line.
How to tell if you need a dehumidifier in your home:
- Condensation on the windows
- Your home always feels warmer than it is
- Your home smells musty or moldy smell
- Visible bacteria growth
3. REGULAR MAINTENACE
Have regular maintenance done to your HVAC system. A licensed technician will inspect your unit to ensure that the system is operating properly and has proper refrigerant levels. Lower refrigerant levels can cause a unit not to get cold enough to remove the humidity from your home.
4. DUCT SYSTEM AGE AND CONDITION
If your ductwork is leaking or not properly size, you could be air-conditioning your attic, which we don’t want to do. The age and condition of your ductwork plays a huge role in the humidity of your home. Leaking air into your attic or sucking air from your attic can greatly reduce the humidity removal. Install a Thermostat with
5. DEHUMIDIFICATION CONTROLS
There are many types of thermostats. Certain thermostats run solely to dehumidify the air. These thermostats run at lower airspeeds to remove the moisture. There are several different systems to choose from, and we can help you decide which one is best for your home.
A humid home isn’t usually a comfortable one. Homes closer to the water like St. Pete, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Honeymoon Island and Holiday should take note as the humidity levels are harder to control closer to the water. Let the professionals at Performance help you figure out which steps to take to lower your humidity, so you love living in your home.