HERE’S HOW TO CONTROL YOUR HOME’S HUMIDITY THIS WINTER
Humidity issues in your house can affect your comfort throughout your home. Ideal indoor humidity keeps you comfortable and prevents damage to materials throughout your home, but how can you balance moisture levels? Learn more about preventing too much dry or moist air from affecting you and your family.
At Dufrene’s Heating & Cooling, our team specializes in indoor air quality testing and improvement services. Give us a call today to learn more about what our team can do to improve the comfort of your home this winter.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOME IS TOO DRY
For most homeowners, excess humidity is more of an issue than less humidity. However, there are some ways you can add moisture to your air if you feel your home is too dry. Dry air can cause dry skin, dry eyes and other uncomfortable symptoms.
The easiest way is to use a humidifier. Choose a humidifier that’s designed to cover the square footage of your home and use it as needed to add moisture to your air. Taking a hot shower and boiling water on your stove are other ways to increase the moisture levels in your home.
When in doubt, work with a professional HVAC technician to ensure you choose the right system. Too large of a humidifier and you may introduce too much moisture in the air, which can cause other issues. This may require you to draw some of that extra moisture back out of your home.
HOW TO REMOVE EXCESS HUMIDITY FROM YOUR HOME
At Dufrene’s Heating & Cooling, we see many homes with excess moisture. A humid home may not cause dry eyes, but it can increase the risk of mold, mildew and pest infestations. Thankfully, there are some DIY and professional ways to restore proper moisture balance.
First, set your central HVAC system fan to automatic. This turns it off automatically when your home reaches the set temperature and prevents humidifying by blowing in moist air from the wet condenser coil.
Another great way to reduce humidity is to use vent fans in your kitchen and bathroom. Work with a professional HVAC technician to install fans that are properly vented outside to remove excess humidity.
Ask about entire-home dehumidifier systems. Extreme cases of excess moisture can be controlled with these specialized systems. A dehumidifier can draw moisture out of the air to prevent damp environments that harbor mold and other contaminants.
BENEFITS OF BALANCED HUMIDITY
A humidity-balanced home is a happy home. Here are some benefits of taking control home humidity:
- Reduced risk of mold and mildew
- Improved comfort
- Increased AC energy efficiency
You may not always be aware of too much humidity in your home. While dry air causes noticeable symptoms like dry eyes, moist air may not be noticed until mold starts to form in your bathroom, kitchen and other high-moisture areas.
LEARN MORE BY WORKING WITH THE IAQ PROFESSIONALS AT DUFRENE’S HEATING & COOLING
Excess moisture is a typical problem here in South Louisiana. However, your home may also suffer from dry air during the winter. Work with a local professional who understands your home and has the resources available to help keep your home comfortable throughout the year.
Contact us today at Dufrene’s Heating & Cooling to enjoy comprehensive humidity control services. We proudly serve all of South Louisiana and provide inspections, install dehumidifiers, and create other effective solutions for your unique situation.