Many people are unaware of what the humidity percentage in their home should be. In the Bradenton and Sarasota, FL area, you should aim for a humidity percentage between 50 and 55 percent. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. For many homes in the Florida area it can be one of the more difficult things to control during the summer months.
Importance of Controlling Indoor Humidity in Your Home
Humidity promotes the growth of mold as well as the ever rising dust mite population. Both are popular indoor allergens and can trigger rhinitis and asthma. Keeping the humidity within your home at or below 50 percent can keep you from having an allergic reaction and keep you out of the doctor’s office.
Humidity Damage in Your Home
High humidity levels can cause rot. Most of the time you cannot see the rot from the outside so most homeowners have no idea it’s there. More importantly, especially in the South, it draws pests indoors. Bugs are always searching for water and the extra humidity causes condensation to develop, giving the bugs the perfect watering hole.
3 Ways to Control Indoor Humidity
Run your air conditioner. Whenever your air conditioner is running, it’s also dehumidifying your air. This method only works when humidity levels are high and when your air conditioner is running, so humidity levels can increase after your cooling system completes a cycle.
Spot ventilation. Certain rooms in your home such as your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms can build up a lot of moisture. By running the vents in these rooms while you’re cooking, doing laundry or bathing you can help control your indoor humidity levels.
Whole house dehumidification. The best way to control indoor humidity in your home is to install a whole house dehumidifier. These units run when your air conditioner is not running and can remove gallons of water from the air in your home.
Benefits of Whole House Dehumidifiers
There are many benefits to using whole house dehumidifiers. They control indoor humidity around the clock. Your air conditioner and control the humidity in your home but only while it is running. This is helpful in the spring and fall when you do not need to have your air conditioner running all day.
Dehumidifiers also save energy! They make your home feel coolers so you can keep the thermostat on a higher temperate setting.
In addition, using a whole house dehumidifier helps to avoid water damage. Constantly controlling the indoor humidity of your home you can avoid condensation and water build up, while also improving the overall air quality of your home.
Don’t Dry Out
But don’t take too much water of your air! Dry air can cause skin irritation, difficulty breathing and static electricity. It can also crack furniture, drywall, and plaster, as well as damage paneling, wood trim, and hardwood flooring.
If you have any questions about indoor humidity control during summer, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact an Arctic Air Service representative today.