Whether you’re into Star Wars or not, no one wants a humid house like Yoda’s hut on Dagobah or an arid desert of a home like Luke’s home planet of Tatooine. This summer, let us help you achieve a balanced home with consistent HVAC comfort and maximum energy efficiency. How? Read on for our top HVAC tips and tricks in hopes you can dehumidify your home this summer:
Dehumidifying Your Home in the Summer
- Try taking shorter, cooler showers to reduce steam flowing throughout your home. Turn the fan on or open a window while you shower.
- Turn on the fan and open a window while cooking in order to properly ventilate your kitchen. Steam from boiling water will cause extra humidity. Consider covering all pots and pans while cooking to prevent steam from traveling throughout your home.
- Place a fan in the most humid areas throughout your home, such as the bathroom, kitchen or attic. Fans increase circulation and decrease humidity and condensation throughout your home.
- Plants release moisture into the air and are great for winter months; however, they can add extra humidity to your home. Consider moving a few of your plants outside during the summer months and only water them when necessary.
- Try to increase the temperature of your AC during the summer, instead of blasting it. As temperatures rise, humidity falls. Turn on your fan instead of cranking up the AC.
- Conduct outdoor maintenance by making sure your gutters and downspouts are kept clear at all times. Also, check for leaky faucets that could lead to pools of water damaging your foundation and increase indoor humidity.
- Windows, pipes, basements and attics are all entryways for moisture. Insulating these areas properly may lower your heating and cooling bills, while also dehumidifying your home.
- Keep all surfaces in your home dry to reduce humidity levels. Dry off your sink and counter after washing dishes, brushing your teeth and taking a shower. Puddles of water increase humidity, and can also lead to mold growth.
While your home may require dehumidifying during the summer, air that is too dry can also cause some issues, such as itchy skin, eyes and throat. It can also cause your sinuses to become swollen or inflamed, making your body more susceptible to infection.
Keeping your home at the right humidity level, between 30-50%, in the summer can also remedy allergies, improve your skin, and cool you down. Air conditioning will remove some moisture during its cooling process, but if you still find the level too high for your comfort, talk to us about a whole-home dehumidifier. Too much humidity can also contribute to the growth of dust mites, which can aggravate those with allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
As spring turns into summer, monitor the humidity levels inside your home and determine what HVAC changes you need to make to achieve optimal comfort. If you’re unsure, we can help! Or, if you’re considering a renovation this summer, we’d love to consult on your project and share any new HVAC products or air quality technologies to get the most bang for your buck.
Give us a call or schedule an HVAC service appointment today. We look forward to meeting you!