The high humidity in Mobile, Alabama, can make our hot summers feel even hotter and contribute to problems with mold and pests. If you learn how to maintain the right humidity levels, you can prevent these problems and save energy in the process. Lower humidity levels in the summer months make the air feel cooler and more comfortable so that you don’t have to run your air conditioner as often. Find out how to control the indoor humidity in your home by reducing moisture-generating activities, using ventilation, and running a dehumidifier in your home.
Watch Indoor Activities
When you bathe, shower, use the dryer, or cook, these activities generate steam. This steam adds to the indoor moisture and makes your home feel warmer. Use exhaust fans, reduce shower time, and make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors to reduce the amount of moisture being added to your indoor air.
Fix Leaks Right Away
Roof leaks can cause mold and mildew growth which can easily spread throughout your home. Mold can start growing around a leak in only a few days, and dark spots on insulation or musty smells are often the first signs of trouble. You should also watch for leaks in plumbing. Even a minor problem like a dripping faucet can affect humidity in your home.
Use a Dehumidifier
If the air in your home still feels warm and uncomfortable after you repair any leaks and increase the ventilation, you can use a dehumidifier. Portable dehumidifiers are less expensive but they will work only in small areas like your attic or in one or two rooms. To dehumidify your home, have a professional connect a whole-home dehumidifier directly to your home’s ductwork.
Air Specialty is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. We can help you control indoor humidity by correcting indoor air quality issues and installing, maintaining, and repairing your HVAC system. Call a member of our service team today at (251) 415-4559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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