One of the most common problems facing homeowners during the summer, in addition to the heat, is humidity.
During the summer, humidity can become so high that residents may start to feel uncomfortable and even sick. High humidity, in the range of 60 percent and above, can have many ill-effects including:
- Air that feels stale and heavy.
- An increase in relative temperature, as humid air feels much hotter than dry air, even if the temperature is kept constant.
- Skin that feels oily and sticky and hair that will not stay put.
Serious Complications of High Humidity
There can be more serious complications arising out of high humidity levels, such as the growth of harmful mold. A damp and warm environment can act as a breeding ground for dust mites and mold, which can cause health problems such as allergies, asthma, and irritation of the throat, eyes, and nose. High humidity can cause problems for susceptible groups such as children and the elderly, especially those with pre-existing health conditions.
How to Lower the Humidity in Your Home
To keep problems such as mold and mildew growth at bay, keep the humidity level within the range of 45 to 55 percent. This can be achieved in several ways. First, keep your home well ventilated by using exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen, and other areas where humidity levels are high. Ask your HVAC company to have a mechanical ventilation system installed in the attic. This will help improve the flow of air to and from the home.
Another way to control humidity levels in your home is to maintain the air conditioner. The air conditioner plays a crucial role in controlling humidity levels; for example, a frozen coil may lead to increased humidity. HVAC technicians recommend a dehumidifier for a home that is prone to high humidity levels during the summer. You can choose a standalone or a whole house dehumidifier depending on your needs and budget. Ask your St. Louis HVAC company for the option that is best for your home.
Sources of Humidity Inside Your home
- hot showers
- washing dishes
- doing laundry
- watering plants
St. Louis Dehumidifiers
To effectively manage humidity levels inside your home improve ventilation, maintain the HVAC system, and install a dehumidifier. If the air in your house is feeling stale, discuss the problem with Scott-Lee Heating Company by calling (314) 756-9444 today!