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What Can You Do About Excessive Indoor Humidity

Florida is no stranger to humidity—it’s a pretty normal part of our warmer months, and one which can cause some pretty crazy weather. While the humidity may be a normal thing outside, having too much of it inside can both prevent you from cooling off and even cause damage to your home. Having too much humidity can cause things like standing water, wood rot, mold and mildew formations, and so much more. With so much that could go wrong, it’s crucial that you take control of your indoor humidity and find a solution that helps you control it.

On this blog, we’ll go over a few things you can do to help reduce your in home humidity levels and enjoy a cool, dry, and comfortable indoor environment.

Use Your Air Conditioner

Fortunately, there’s a solution more than likely already built into your home: your air conditioner! Air conditioners will naturally harvest water vapor out of the air through the cooling process. When the cold refrigerant is passed over your indoor coil, vapor in the air that’s passed over the coil will make contact with the metal, causing it to condense and become water again. As this condensation builds up, it becomes a light residue, before eventually turning into heavier droplets that drip off the coil and need to be drained away through your drain line. This is why there may be a bunch of water in the pan beneath your air conditioner, and why it’s important to make sure your drain line is clear and unclogged.

It’s true that running your air conditioner at all times is both expensive and not really all that practical. However, by choosing when you run your system, you may be able to avoid some of the hottest and most humid parts of the day and keep your home feeling dryer.

Close Off Air Leaks

One of the largest reasons why you may have excessive indoor humidity is pesky air leaks penetrating into your home. Air leaks can be found around doors, windows, in your attic, through plumbing line entries, and pretty much anywhere else there might be a hole in your home leading to the outside. Insulation can help protect against this, but it’s only going to do so much. The only way to really give your air conditioner the advantage is to seal off these air leaks and keep the cool, dry air in your home separate from the humid outside air.

The first place to look for leaks are around doors and windows, starting by replacing your weather stripping. Weather stripping generally will last about two to three years before it degrades and needs replaced. Same thing with the caulk around your windows and doors, where they’re sealed into your home. Finally, take a look through your attic and make sure that any potential air leaks to your home below are sealed off, this may be tricky, but focus heavily on things like ceiling fan and recessed light installations, as they’re usually the biggest culprits.

Use a De-Humidifier

If indoor humidity is a huge problem and no amount of air conditioning can seem to get it under control, then you may want to bring in some extra help. A de-humidification system attached to your HVAC equipment can help remove extra water vapor from your air, keeping you dryer and more comfortable as well as cooler. These systems can vary in cost based on their style and their size, but they also have other benefits as well. When the air in your home has less humidity in it, it’ll feel cooler, and your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable!

Find out more about installing a de-humidifier or schedule an air conditioner repair service by calling Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC at (561) 270-6181 today!
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