It’s no secret that whenever the heat beats down on Florida homes, humidity follows suit. High humidity is the reason your home feels more like an oven rather than a home; it makes any space feel stuffy, disgustingly warm, and just plain uncomfortable. Luckily, it’s not something you have to suffer through all summer long.
Before we dive into the five ways you can combat indoor humidity, take a look at this infographic that explains the risks associated with overly high humidity levels.
Turn on Your AC Unit
Here’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about their air conditioning system: it works to dehumidify your home! A very big part of the cooling process here in Florida involves removing moisture from the air, which helps lower indoor humidity levels.
However, your AC unit will only go above and beyond to keep you comfortable if you maintain it properly. Make sure you schedule regular local air conditioner repair services with Joe Cool to keep your AC in tip-top shape! We are available in Pinellas County and Hillsborough Counties and the surrounding regions.
Use the Exhaust Fans
Your kitchen and bathroom are plumbing powerhouses, so it’s no wonder they have the highest humidity levels in the entire home. Every time you take a hot shower or use the oven or store, you’re contributing to the indoor humidity, whether you realize it or not. Exhaust fans will help vent out the extra heat and moisture, significantly reducing the risk of mold and mildew and leaving you to enjoy your home in comfort.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks are a problem for many homes throughout the Pinellas Park area, but fixing them is a home improvement project very few homeowners will actually take on. But consider this: air leaks have a significant impact on indoor humidity levels, indoor air quality, as well as your energy bills. Since they leak out air-conditioned air and simultaneously invite hot, humid air indoors, sealing air leaks is in your (and your wallet’s) best interest.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
You may be wondering what plumbing leaks have to do with indoor humidity. After all, humidity is an HVAC issue, and plumbing is plumbing, right? Not necessarily! Humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air — the more moisture there is, the more humid it is. Therefore, plumbing leaks do contribute to indoor humidity because they leak water or other types of moisture if you’re unlucky. Fix any plumbing leaks in your home as soon as possible, and you’ll get to enjoy a comfortable home as well as a decrease in your water bill.
If you need air conditioning or plumbing services local to Pinellas County and other nearby communities, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We’re here and happy to serve you!