How to Know If You Have a Healthy Humidity Level at Home

You know that the level of humidity in your home has a lot to do with how comfortable you are, and in our climate, high humidity is the norm. An air conditioner will struggle to reach a comfortable setting in Florida, as it also must struggle to remove moisture from the air. So what is a healthy humidity level and how do you attain it?

Read on for some pointers about achieving lower humidity even in our warm, moisture-laden climate.

Why Control Humidity in Your Home?

Ideally, a healthy humidity level in your home should be between 30% and 50%. Any higher and you’re likely to develop mold and window condensation that can compromise window frames and sills. Any lower (not likely in our climate) and wood may crack and split.

To measure humidity, you can purchase an inexpensive device called a hygrometer at the home store. In fact, you might want to purchase more than one to place in different parts of your home, to ensure the all-around proper humidity level.

How Your Air Conditioner Maintains a Healthy Humidity Level

If your air conditioner is in good working order, it should maintain a home humidity level properly. The AC should be well maintained, with a clean air filter and clean coils. However, as the AC ages, it may not do as good a job maintaining the proper humidity level, so be sure to monitor it.

If your humidity levels are too high, look into portable dehumidifiers. These can help remove moisture to some degree in damp places such as the bathroom, crawl spaces, the attic, or the kitchen. Exhaust fans to the outdoors in the bathroom or above the kitchen range can also help. If you still have a problem, ask your HVAC consultant about installing whole-home dehumidification along with your HVAC system. It’s a pretty good investment in the damp climate Florida has, and it can enhance the value of your home.

To learn more about maintaining a healthy humidity level, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating of Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties.

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