Humidity levels can be tricky. Your air does need moisture (between 30 and 50 percent), but when the weather gets warm, levels can get even higher than that, leading to mold growth, condensation, and allergy flare-ups. That’s why finding ways to lower home humidity in the summer is essential. Thankfully, the Carrier® experts at Advanced Comfort Systems have a few tips to help you do exactly that.
1. Use Your Air Conditioner
Running your AC when moisture levels rise is an easy way to help you feel more comfortable. As the air cools with air conditioner use, it also helps lower home humidity. To ensure your system is functioning as efficiently as possible, make sure the air registers in your home are open—even in rooms that you don’t use that often.
If you don’t feel your air conditioner is working as well as it should, make an appointment to have it inspected and serviced.
2. Reduce Moisture in the Air Yourself
Everyday tasks such as cooking, showering, and running your dryer release moisture into your home’s air. To help combat that, consider taking some of these steps:
- Cover pots while cooking when possible
- Run your bathroom fan while showering
- Line-dry your laundry outdoors
- Turn on ceiling fans or utilize smaller fans throughout the house
Additionally, make sure you keep bedroom and bathroom doors open as much as possible. This will allow air to flow more efficiently from room to room and keep humidity from accumulating in one place. You can also purchase a dehumidifier to help decrease moisture levels.
3. Look at Your Home’s Exterior
High humidity levels indoors can actually be related to what’s going on outside. Check your gutters to ensure that excess water is draining away from your home and not toward it. Also, check for seals and tight closures on the home’s windows and doors. If you notice any gaps, it could mean that humidity is seeping in through these spaces.
If you notice that the air in your home is more humid than outside, the solution is easy—simply open a window to bring in drier air.
Contact Us if You Need Help
We hope these tips will help you lower home humidity and keep you and your family comfortable. However, if you suspect that your home’s humidity levels are still too high, contact us for service and we will help you diagnose the issue. Call us or send us an email.