In the summer, warm and sunny weather is welcomed but very few people can honestly say they like humidity. This type of climate makes it challenging to be outside for and makes us feel drained of energy after just a short time. Potential problems from high humidity in your home start once it reaches the 60 level percent range or higher. At that point, you may start noticing the following effects:
- Indoor air feels “stale”
- Relative temperature is higher than indicated (humid air at 80 degrees feels hotter than dry air at the same temperature)
- Increase in “bad hair days”
These are frustrating problems, but there are more serious issues that can affect your home from high humidity. If the problem is not checked, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold growth.
Potential Health Issues Linked to Mold Growth
Household mold needs a warm, damp environment in which to grow. It can trigger a number of health issues, including:
- Asthma attacks
- Irritation of eyes, nose, and throat
- Respiratory problems
How to Deal with High Humidity in your Home
To keep household mold and mildew out your house, you’ll want to make sure that the humidity levels are kept in the 45-55 percent range. There are a couple of ways you can do this:
- Make sure that your home is properly ventilated. While it would be unwise to keep the windows open – this will only let in moist, humid air from the outside – you can make sure that you use the exhaust fans located in your kitchen and bathroom. These are the areas of your home which are most likely to have the highest levels of humidity.
- Keep your air conditioner well maintained. As the air flows through your home’s vents, it passes over the evaporator coil and deposits moisture onto it, which is blown off and then moves through a condensate drain. If your air conditioner is not working properly, it will not dehumidify you home properly, and you could end up with a frozen AC coil. If you see an ice buildup on your air conditioner, you’ll need to arrange for a service call from an air conditioner technician.
At Air Depot, we want everyone to have a cool, comfortable home this summer. If you are having issues with high humidity in your home or need air conditioner repair, contact us today!