Feeling zapped? Can’t get anything done? Are the pets in your home showing signs of discomfort as well? What is the humidity index in your house?
Your air conditioning may be set to keep you cool, but is it equipped to handle high periods of humidity? We all hate the feeling of being wet with perspiration, crabby and weary.
According to LivingWithMyHome.com:
A high relative humidity in your home encourages mold growth and dust mites, can make your house smell musty, and can potentially damage your home and your possessions. In simplest terms, ‘relative humidity’, refers to the amount of dampness in the air.”
High humidity with no dehumidification can breed toxic concoctions damaging to your health. This comes from the combination of dust mites, pet dander, allergens, microscopic organisms and more that thrive in humid areas.
Measure the Humidity Level
You can obtain a hygrometer from any hardware store and this will allow you to test the high or low level of humidity in your home or place of business.
Ideally, the humidity should measure from 30% to 55%.
What are Some Conditions That Contribute to High Humidity?
Size of Air Conditioner – Of itself, an air conditioner acts as an excellent dehumidifier. But one that it too large for the space it is cooling can have cycles that are too short to effectively remove humidity. Too much cooled air may actually increase the relative humidity causing your home to be colder and have a clammy feeling.
Lack of Ventilation – Today’s newer homes are built ‘tight’ meaning they are well sealed. This can restrict ventilation. Without any fresh air, humidity can build up inside your home.
Gas-Fired appliances – If not properly vented, these may cause high humidity. If in doubt, contact Abel to come take a look.
Clothes Dryer – If a clothes dryer is not properly vented, damp air may be blowing into the interior of your home.
Bathroom Fan – Using your bathroom exhaust fans, especially in the summer, will help lessen moisture from building up.
Basement Dampness – Does the air feel especially muggy in your basement? Check for leaking pipes, leaking from windows, or even walls and the ceiling. This will quickly cause mold and other problems. Get these issues fixed as soon as possible. Also, if any area gets too much of a cold air supply from the air conditioning, it may be creating condensation and a high humidity problem. Try adjusting the supply registers to see if this helps.
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
A dehumidifier may be your best way to control too much moisture in your home. It removes moisture from the air and sends the liquid into a reservoir or drain. Surprisingly, these can remove between 10 to 50 pints of water per day!
Usually they will work in an environment of 65 degrees F. or higher. But if the room is colder, the dehumidifier might ice up. In this case, you’ll want to shut it off until it defrosts. Some will automatically defrost when they ice up.
How it works? Quite simply, it removes moisture from the air by drawing air over cold coils condensing out its moisture before passing the air over warm coils and back into the room. Your air conditioner does nearly the same thing, but in some cases is less efficient.
A dehumidifier is especially useful in places where moisture gathers, like around the washing machine, and in that damp basement.
Here is a Handy Check List
- Be sure you have a clean, good performing air conditioner and dehumidifier.
- Measure the humidity and try to keep it below 60%.
- Keep A/C drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of debris and not leaking.
- Keep any other damp or wet areas dry.
- Fix leaks and seepage.
- Check circulation to be sure each room is adequately aired out.
- Use exhaust fans to move humid air out.
- Keep refrigerator pans clean and dry.
- Have Abel check your home to better improve you’re air quality conditions.
Energy Star says:
Certified dehumidifiers have more efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans than conventional models, which means they remove the same amount of moisture, but use 15 percent less energy. In fact, the annual energy saved by an Energy Star certified dehumidifier could power your Energy Star certified refrigerator for 3 months.”
Abel – Dealers in Quality Dehumidifiers
Carrier offers one of the excellent whole house dehumidifiers we can install in your home to help you enjoy the summer without the discomfort high humidity can bring.
Have a Healthy, Happy, Humidity Free Summer!
Don’t let stuffy muggy air make you want to stand in front of a fan.
At Abel Heating and Cooling, we want to help you have a safe comfortable summer. If you’re developing any problems with your air conditioner, or believe your heat/humidity index is out of balance, please give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us for an inspection.