How Humid is Too Humid?
When you step outside on a hot Florida day, the sticky and humid air sits heavily on your whole body until you find the sweet relief of walking into the safety of your comfort-controlled home. But what if you step inside only to realize that your living room is just as unbearable as the front yard?
Humidity comes from evaporated water that condenses and sits in the atmosphere. The more water vapor in the area, the higher the humidity. This is why places near bodies of water, like Fort Walton, tend to be more humid.
The excess moisture from humidity can lead to:
- Mold growth
- Condensation on the walls
- Allergy flare-ups
- Sleeping trouble
This is not to say that all humidity is bad. In fact, if the air is too dry, it could also cause discomfort, allergy symptoms, and asthma flare-ups. The ideal humidity range is 30-50%.
Still, sitting in an overly humid home is uncomfortable and miserable when you have no sign of comfort in sight. Combat the moisture and heat with the following tips for a more pleasant indoor climate.
Use Your AC
The most obvious way to control humidity at home is to use your air conditioner. The AC adds cooler air, replacing warm and humid air. Without overworking your system, your air conditioner will be your best friend on the hottest and most humid days of the year.
Taking care of your air conditioner is vital for this tip to work. Be sure to keep up on maintenance appointments, tune-ups, and changing your air filter.
Use Your Vent Fans
The exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom are there for a reason, so use them! When taking a hot shower or cooking a big pan of bacon for breakfast, your exhaust/vent fans will pull humid air from the kitchen or bathroom and carry it out of the home.
Tip: when you finish showering or cooking, leave the fans on for a few extra minutes to fully maximize their humidity reduction abilities.
Take Colder Showers
There are a few different tasks you can tweak in order to help reduce humidity. One would be to take cooler showers. While just the thought of this may give you goosebumps, a cooler shower may feel better on those sweltering days.
Change the Menu
Another thing to consider is changing what you eat on the extra humid days. Choose meals that don’t require the use of the stove or oven, appliances that will just make your home more uncomfortable. Salads, fruit, and sandwiches are great options!
Take Care of Leaks
More moisture equals more humidity. At the first sign of a leak in your home, call a professional to get it fixed. Not only could it cause more damage to your plumbing, but the additional water will not do well for your humidity levels and comfort.
Get a Dehumidifier
Another surefire way to reduce humid air in the home is with a dehumidifier. It could be a unit that attaches to your HVAC and removes moisture from the air that passes through. It could also be a smaller, standalone unit that can be placed throughout the home to do the same.
With the help of a dehumidifier, you’ll be able to use your air conditioner less as there is less humidity for it to control. This means lower energy bills for you!
Air Conditioning Services in Fort Walton Beach
Get your air conditioner up to speed for the warm days ahead with an appointment with Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration. Give us a call at (850) 220-2001 or contact us online to begin.