Too much moisture in the air causes the temperature in your home to feel warmer than it actually is. Let’s say, for example, you have the thermostat set to 70 degrees. If there’s a lot of moisture in the air, the temperature will probably feel more like 76 to 78 degrees. Using a dehumidifier and increasing ventilation in your Largo, Florida, home are two effective ways to reduce indoor humidity.
How Increased Humidity In Your Home Happens
As the AC pulls in air, it goes through a refrigeration process. The resulting condensation from the refrigeration process is removed from the air in your home through the condensation pipe. If this pipe isn’t checked occasionally and cleaned, it can become clogged. This could cause a buildup of water in the drain pain which if not remedied, will shut-down your AC or overflow and possibly damage a ceiling or floor.
Low refrigerant in your system can also reduce the effectiveness of your AC system, resulting in warmer more humid air inside your home. As a result, you not only have excessive moisture in your home but also higher cooling expenses.
Homeowners are encouraged to check their condensation pipe on a regular basis and pour a diluted mixture of vinegar and water down the pipe to reduce biological buildup. If your AC is blowing warm, humid air, your system will need the attention of an HVAC technician.
The kitchen and bathrooms are two areas in your home that are likely to add moisture to your home’s indoor air. To improve humidity control, you’ll need plenty of ventilation in these rooms. If you have ventilation fans in these rooms, make sure to use them anytime you’re cooking or taking a shower. Don’t have ventilation or exhaust fans in your home? Consider having them installed.
Use a Dehumidifier
One of the easiest ways to reduce humidity is to use a dehumidifier. This device is designed specifically to pull moisture out of the air. These dehumidifiers will dehumidify a room or area in your home. For a whole-home solution, we recommend adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system. Your home’s comfort level will improve dramatically and you will feel cooler even when your thermostat is set at a higher temperature.
To learn more about reducing indoor humidity, contact us at Pinellas Comfort Systems today at (727) 315-0791. You can also speak with one of our technicians about scheduling your next HVAC maintenance session.
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