The high temperatures and heat from the summer sun can oftentimes become too much to handle. However, the real reason why many summer days become unbearable — the humidity. Rather than living in a home where the air feels like a wet blanket, utilize these tips to put an end to indoor humidity.
High Humidity Warning Signs
- The most obvious warning sign of having high humidity is feeling like you can cut the air with a knife. You shouldn’t feel the air as if you were inside of a sauna.
- Does anyone in your home have allergies that have been acting up? Reactions to allergies can increase in those who are exposed to areas of high moisture.
- Inspect your home for water stains on the walls or ceiling, mold or mildew, musty odors, damp furniture, and condensation on windows and glass.
Know the Moisture Sources
In order to stop your home from having a high humidity level, you need to know what’s causing all of this moisture. For those with unfinished basements, consider installing a moisture barrier over the dirt floor. All homeowners should have their roofs inspected to make sure there are no roof leaks. You should also call your local HVAC technician to inspect the condition of your current cooling system and make sure it’s the right size for your home.
To measure the level of humidity within your home, use a hygrometer to see the exact moisture level. You want your home to fall within the 30 to 50 percent range. For those with a level higher than 50 percent, consider contacting your local HVAC technician to learn more about installing a dehumidifier. This technician will be able to install this onto your existing HVAC system.
It’s easy to beat the heat on a hot summer’s day, but humidity — now, that’s tough! If your home has become too humid to handle, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more about dehumidification systems and HVAC service, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.