High Humidity Can Affect Indoor Air Quality
Don’t Let Excess Humidity Diminish Your Home’s Comfort
While summer is all about enjoying the warm weather – hikes, picnics, barbecues, the beach and family get togethers – at the end of the day, you want to come back to a cool and comfortable home. Did you know that our perception of hot or cold is directly influenced by the percentage of humidity in the air?
Any imbalance in the indoor humidity levels not only impacts your home’s heating or cooling but can also indicate that your HVAC system not functioning properly. At Bi-County Inc, we understand that home cooling issues can be tiresome and frustrating, especially in the peak of summer. Our specialists explain the consequences of high humidity in your home, and possible solutions to address this issue.
How Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioning System
One of the primary purposes of your Air Conditioning (AC) system is to reduce the moisture in the air, and maintain humidity levels between 35% – 45%, regardless of the outdoor weather conditions. If the humidity levels in your home are above this range, your perception of comfort will suffer – even if the ambient temperature reaches the level that you have set on your thermostat. When this occurs, you will notice one or more of these signs:
- Dampness: Moisture in the air resulting in a sticky and muggy indoor environment
- Condensation: Indicated by foggy windows or glass doors.
- Musty Odors: Might be a new occurrence in some parts of the home.
- Peeling Paint: Or wet patches on ceilings, walls, wood floors, carpets, etc.
- Moldy Growth: Usually found in the bathrooms or under the sink.
- Allergies: A worsening of chronic conditions, such as allergy or asthma symptoms.
Efficiency & Comfort with The Right Sized HVAC Unit
Proper sizing of the AC unit plays an important role in its effectiveness. Excess capacity could mean that your system cools the home to the thermostat’s target temperature very quickly. However, the shorter cooling cycles do not allow adequate time to dehumidify the air. Hence, your home may feel cool, but the retained moisture will impact the quality of the indoor air as well as your home’s structural elements.
On the other hand, an undersized AC or heat pump will struggle to cool your home, especially on days when the outdoor temperatures and humidity levels are very high. The capacity mismatch and longer running cycles will cause your energy bills to spike, while the indoor temperature may still not reach the desired levels.
How To Address High Humidity Levels In Your Home
Besides right sizing your HVAC unit, here are some ways to get rid of excess high humidity that can affect indoor air quality:
- Ensure that your ductwork is properly sealed and insulated, and the clothes dryer is vented outdoors.
- Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to eliminate moisture caused from showers or cooking.
- Clean out the HVAC system’s drain line and filters at regular intervals.
- Add a dehumidifier to your home comfort system to reduce the load and help maintain optimum levels of moisture in the air.
Noticed any of the signs of excess humidity in your home? Need to replace, repair or service your air conditioning system? For prompt and affordable, residential heating and cooling solutions throughout Bucks and Montgomery county, rely on the professionals at Bi-County Inc. Our skilled technicians will evaluate your AC system and offer appropriate solutions to improve the air quality, as well as keep your home cool and comfortable. Call us at 215-822-0515 to book an appointment or click to contact us and request an estimate online.