With the temperatures in Florida remaining high nearly year-round, you are bound to have dealt with high humidity at some point or another. There is very little you can do about the humid atmosphere outdoors, but what about indoors? How do you keep your indoor humidity in check?
The home comfort experts at Certified Heating and Cooling serving Fort Myers and Naples have some best practices for lower the humidity in your Florida home.
- Increase air movement. Better air circulation can lead to a decrease in humidity levels. Turning on ceiling fans, or investing in desktop fans, can keep the humidity levels down—much the same as turning on your air conditioning unit.
- Check for leaks. If the pipes in your home are leaking water, this could be increasing the level of humidity in your home. Look under the bathroom sinks and kitchen counters, and behind the toilets for leaking pipes—and if you find them, call a plumber to have them repaired.
- Always ventilate. When you shower or cook, you need to make sure you are ventilating the room. These activities produce a lot of unwanted humidity in your home. To do so, you want to turn on an exhaust fan, if you have one. Excess moisture in your bathroom or kitchen is not only uncomfortable, but can also be detrimental to your health if mold or mildew begin to form.
- Use a whole-house dehumidifier. Air conditioners remove some of the humidity from your indoor air, but with the muggy heat often plaguing the outdoors in Florida you may need another boost. If you want to have a more comfortable home, consider a whole-house dehumidifier.
- Have your HVAC system inspected and maintained. Your air conditioner does more than just cool your home from the heat—it also provides you with the benefit of removing moisture from your home. If your home is terribly humid, it could be a sign of leaks in your duct work or a faulty HVAC system. It’s best to have it tested out by a professional, before a small quirk becomes a big problem. Also, you should have your HVAC system inspected and maintained at least once per year—although twice a year, before winter and summer, is ideal.
At Certified Heating and Cooling, we take pride in our work and our excellent product line. We stand behind our work and have earned a reputation as one of the most referred, most reliable indoor air quality contractors in the Naples-Fort Myers and Port Charlotte areas. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate!