How to Combat Humidity in your Home

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
Home Humidity Levels | Edwards Heating & Air

Indoor air conditioning can cause serious humidity issues in your home.  Too much moisture in your home can affect your health and can cause expensive damage your home. Keep your humidity levels in check to maintain a comfortable environment.

Humidity = Moisture

Many things can increase the humidity and moisture levels inside your home, such as:

  • Homes with restrictive ventilation preventing fresh air from circulating
  • Oversized central AC units, which can’t remove humidity effectively and can make your home feel clammy and colder than it really is
  • Gas fireplaces without proper ventilation
  • Clothes dryers that vent moisture back into your home
  • Bathrooms without an exhaust fan
  • Crawlspaces and basements hold dampness that can seep into the rest of your house

Excess moisture in your home allows allergens to build up, which increases issues with allergies and asthma.  Bacteria and viruses thrive in extremely humid spaces possibly resulting in respiratory infections.  Mold, mildew and dust mites also become worse in humidity, as well.  Excess humidity wreaks havoc on indoor air quality.

Humidity Prevention

To prevent excess moisture in your home, there are three things you can do:

  • Make sure your home has proper ventilation to allow moisture to escape from your home into the outdoors.  A professional can add extra ductwork for added ventilation to heat and air units.  
  • Purchase the proper size AC unit. Air conditioners should be properly sized for a home.  If a central AC unit is too large, it turns on and off too frequently.  This doesn’t allow for the indoor air conditioning to run long enough to remove the humidity from the air in a home.
  • Annual preventative maintenance on heating and air units can help reduce humidity.  Heat and air units that aren’t operating efficiently may stop removing humidity altogether.  HVAC professionals will perform a tune-up on heating and air units to increase their efficiency.  Central AC unit coils can be cleaned and air filters replaced to reduce clogging and condensation.  Poor maintenance on heating and air units increases indoor moisture and leads to higher energy use and more frequent breakdowns.

Edwards Heating & Air’s NATE-certified technicians help keep heat and air units running efficiently and keep humidity levels under control.  Call us today and stop humidity from running amuck in your home!