Naples, FL, has year-round humid weather, and poor indoor humidity control has a significant negative impact on your comfort. Humid air not only makes your skin feel clammy, but it can also fuel the growth of mildew and other allergens in your home. Consider these top methods of lowering your home’s humidity.
Use Exhaust Fans
When you’re bathing, showering, doing laundry, cooking or cleaning, use your home’s exhaust fans. If your home was built before exhaust fans were part of the local building code requirements, consider having them retrofit. Exhaust fans facilitate the removal of steam and odors from everyday household activities. The Department of Energy recommends ensuring that your exhaust fans ventilate away from your home.
Install a Whole-House Dehumidifier
A whole-house dehumidifier is a wise choice for controlling humidity levels. They draw in air from your home’s return ducts. The warm, humid air is cooled, which condenses moisture out of the air. The drips of water flow into a drain pan and condensate line, emptying into your home’s main drain. The air is then passed over warm coils and returned to your home. A whole-house dehumidifier can be paired with your central air conditioning system for enhanced energy efficiency and humidity control.
Maintain Your Central Air Conditioning System
Maintaining your central air conditioning system also helps with controlling indoor humidity levels. A clogged condensate line could result in a total air conditioning breakdown. A maintenance visit also includes measuring the refrigerant level. Proper refrigerant level ensures that the cooling system can cool and dehumidify your home’s air.
To learn more about how humidity affects your home’s indoor air quality and comfort, check out JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality services, or call us today for additional info.