It’s no secret that summertime in the Coastal Bend gets humid. But did you know that too much humidity in your home can do more than make you a little sweaty?
“When your home has high humidity levels, not only can it make you feel uncomfortably hot, but it can also worsen the symptoms of asthma or allergies, promote mold growth and encourage insect infestations,” says David Mathews, owner of CCAC Air Conditioning and Heating, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Don’t let humidity make your home miserable. Fight back with these 6 tips to achieve humidity balance:
1. Don’t set your thermostat temperature way up during the day
It may seem like a smart idea to turn the control temperature on your thermostat up while you’re gone at work. In fact, cooling the space down again at the end of the day will consume even more energy than you saved. Set your thermostat at a reasonable temp throughout the day.
Also, thermostats should be set so that the cycle rate is low, which gives longer run times to dehumidify more.
2. Invest in a whole-house dehumidifier
This is the best tool in the fight against humidity. A whole-house dehumidification system works with your HVAC and can be programmed to maintain specific humidity levels, allowing you to customize to your comfort level. Most experts recommend keeping humidity levels below 60 or 55 percent.
3. Check your home for leaks and cracks
Cracks in air ducts, roof, plumbing and insulation can allow moisture to be drawn into your home, increasing humidity levels. Simply repairing these cracks and doing proper maintenance on your overall home can make a big difference.