High humidity levels are a common problem in Oldsmar, Florida, but when the moisture levels in your home rise too high, you could face a number of additional issues. Increased risk of biological growth, damage to flooring and drywall, and an unpleasant atmosphere are just a few of the problems that come with excess moisture. Manage your indoor humidity to keep problems away and maintain a more comfortable indoor atmosphere.
Know the Right Level
It’s usually easy to tell when you have too much moisture in your home, but do you know the proper levels for indoor comfort? The relative humidity in a home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Any lower than that and you’ll notice that your skin feels tight or your throat feels dry. When the humidity level goes above 50 percent, the atmosphere feels muggy and heavy. It may be hard to breathe, and you could spot condensation on the windows and walls. Without the proper humidity level in your home, the risks of chemical reactions, damage, and respiratory problems increase.
Reduce Moisture Produced
Although much of the humidity in this area is coming from the climate, you can take some steps to reduce the amount of moisture you’re putting into the air. Take shorter, cooler showers to lessen the amount of steam in the bathroom. As you cook, keep pots and pans covered. Try to limit your use of heat-producing appliances, such as the oven, dryer, or dishwasher. Also, try running the vent fans as much as possible in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Use a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a helpful tool that can remove excess moisture from the air. If you don’t have access to a dehumidifier, a ventilator is a good option, as well. Your home’s central air conditioning system can also remove some of the humidity from the air, so make sure to keep it running when your home feels muggy and damp.
With the right HVAC solutions from Advanced Cooling Systems, you can keep indoor humidity under control, so contact us at (727) 213-5888.
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