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Dealing with Home Humidity in Florida

Florida residents are very familiar with concept of humidity. Outside levels can reach up to 90 percent and higher, making humidity just an unavoidable and uncomfortable reality. However, something you may not know is that home humidity is harmful to you and your house.

Why Is Home Humidity So Bad?

Besides making you uncomfortable, humidity can be damaging to your finances, property, and health:

  • Blasting the air conditioning will not only not decrease humidity levels, but it will also cost you a lot of money to find a temperature that is comfortable.
  • The moisture in the air can damage your wood fixtures and drywall in your home. Moisture can cause these to warp, rot, and become moldy and replacements can be expensive.
  • When the air holds moisture, a home becomes a breeding ground for mold, which can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, throat irritation, coughing, and watery eyes.

The humidity level in your home should be between 30 to 45 percent; anything higher than that can start to create damage. It is vital to keep your home humidity at a level of comfort and safety.

How You Can Lower My Humidity Levels

Even though the effects of home humidity can be costly, there are many ways to decrease humidity levels without spending a fortune.

Here are some tips on how:

  • Increase the air movement in your home. Air circulation helps to dry up standing water and can create cooling breezes.
  • Turn on the bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans when showering or cooking to eliminate humidity that builds up from these activities.
  • Open your windows when humidity levels are low to let in fresh breezes. When humidity levels reach above 30 to 45 percent, close them again.
  • Check for leaks under bathroom and kitchen sinks, behind toilets, and other places with plumbing pipes for leaks that can contribute to humidity.
  • Run a house dehumidifier. Air conditions aren’t always helpful for dehumidifying Florida’s muggy air.

The most effective way of decreasing the humidity levels in your house is to install whole-house dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers collect water from the air, lowering humidity levels drastically in your home. By choosing a dehumidifier appropriate for the size of your house, you can save money and your health.

If you are concerned with the quality of the air in your home, contact the Pompano Beach HVAC technicians at GMC Air Conditioning Services, LLC today!