When the weather heats up, the last thing you want is to head inside to a muggy house. Unfortunately, many Oklahoma homeowners struggle with indoor humidity problems. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also reduce indoor air quality, trigger health problems, cause damage to your house and even reduce air conditioner operating efficiency. By recognizing the signs that your home has issues with excess moisture and knowing how to reduce humidity, you can cut all of these problems off at the pass.
Recognizing Humidity Problems
When your house is extremely muggy, you’ll feel it, but just because you’re not uncomfortable doesn’t mean that your home’s humidity levels aren’t too high. Keep your eyes pealed for signs of water damage on walls or ceilings, mold and mildew growth, or condensation on your windows. A musty odor or a family member struggling with allergies could also be an indicator of trouble.
Tips to Reduce Indoor Humidity
There are many simple, affordable and effective ways to reduce humidity:
- Set fans to “auto”: When fans are set to “on,” air will blow over wet coils as the condenser cycles off which, in turn, re-humidifies the home.
- Vent outdoors: Venting dryer, kitchen and bathroom fans and vents outside will prevent excess moisture from accumulating in the air.
- Adjust habits: Avoid boiling water on especially humid days and try to take cooler showers or shower at night to prevent steam buildup.
- Seal air leaks and leaky ducts: These leaks are common culprits for high humidity levels, so sealing them off should be a top priority.
- Use vapor barriers: Any dirt floors, such as those in basements and crawl spaces, should be covered with a plastic vapor barrier.
If you’re still struggling with high humidity levels, you might consider investing in an air conditioner with a variable-speed air handler. Be sure that it’s properly sized. Some homeowners also choose to install whole-house dehumidifiers.
Get in touch with the experts at Davis Air Conditioning for more tips on how to reduce humidity in your home. We’re proud to serve residents of Southwest Oklahoma.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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