A tropical climate and proximity to the ocean mean that humidity is seemingly an ever-present factor. The sultry weather is simply part of living in South Florida, but it shouldn’t be part of living in your home. Excessive humidity indoors can impact your air quality, affect your health, and potentially even damage your home. Fortunately, it’s a problem that’s often easy to solve.
Humidity and Indoor Air Quality
Everyone knows that too much humidity can cause you to feel sticky, overheated and uncomfortable. What you may not know is that high humidity can also lead to poor indoor air quality and health complications. Once moisture levels rise above around 60%, conditions become more favorable for the growth of biologic particulates dust mites. Even higher levels increase the risks of airborne pathogens, respiratory difficulties and off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Managing Humidity Levels
One of the simplest ways to treat excessive humidity is to make your home more airtight. Sealing any leaks in your home or your HVAC ductwork will help to keep moisture-laden air outside where it belongs. You should also regularly clean your air conditioner’s drip pan and drain line to ensure it can remove moisture effectively. Taking cooler showers and using your stove’s ventilation fan when you cook can help limit added moisture as well.
Moisture Control Solutions
If eliminating air leaks and practicing good moisture-control habits isn’t enough, installing an HVAC dehumidifier is an excellent solution. A dedicated HVAC dehumidifier is the most effective way to remove moisture from the air that passes through your system. It may also be wise to consider a ventilator. Whole-house ventilation ensures better air exchange and prevents your indoor air from becoming too stagnant and humid.
Keeping your home’s moisture within the right range is more than just a matter of comfort. It’s also better for your health, your HVAC equipment and your house as a whole. For expert assistance with all your humidity control needs, check out Miklos Air, Inc.’s indoor air quality services or call (561) 264-5138.