Does Your Home Feel Like a Sauna? That Can Be Fixed
During Georgia summers, walking inside on a hot and getting blasted with a gust of AC is one of the better experiences. For some homeowners, they never get that satisfaction. If your indoor humidity level rivals that of The Bahamas, then you’re at the right place. High indoor humidity does not only make you feel uncomfortable, but it can also compromise your home’s integrity and affect your family’s health over time. If you need help in controlling the humidity levels inside your home, consider these tips from our reputable HVAC services provider in Roswell, GA.
How to Keep Indoor Humidity Under Control
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Cooking, showering, and doing the laundry increases the amount of moisture in the air, so install vent fans in the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. If you don’t have vent fans in these areas, opening a window for a few minutes can help reduce excess humidity.
Run Your AC
Your air conditioner helps reduce indoor humidity by introducing cool air while removing excess moisture in the air. However, keep in mind that this “solution” can put a significant dent in your budget, so consider running the AC at low temperatures only when you’re home ― or find another solution to save money and to keep your unit from working too hard.
Use a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier helps improve in-home comfort by removing excess moisture in the air to make it a lot cooler. When using a dehumidifier, you can actually reduce your AC usage and save on your monthly energy bills. Don’t forget to close all doors and windows when running your dehumidifier and don’t put it near walls and/or furniture.
Check Your Home’s Structural Surfaces
Structural flaws and defects can affect the humidity levels inside your home, so you need to address all issues accordingly:
- Use a polyethylene vapor barrier to cover dirt floors in crawl spaces.
- Waterproof basement walls from the outside and repair wall cracks.
- Treat your foundation with a water-absorbing clay (hydroclay) to seal the basement.
- Check doors and windows for leaks. Repair, caulk, and weatherstrip whenever necessary.
- Install plastic film on your windows and consider adding storm windows.
- If everything else fails, consider replacing your carpet since it retains moisture and acts as a breeding ground for dust mites.
Bring in Some Plants
Aside from improving your home’s appearance and ambiance, bringing in some greens (e.g. palms, orchids, Boston fern, cactus, and English Ivy) can actually help lower indoor humidity. Be extra careful in choosing which plants to take indoors since some plants have the opposite effect and can actually increase the humidity level inside your home. Also, avoid overwatering your plants. A side note to consider is that some plants may be harmful to pets, so research pet-friendly plants to ensure everyone stays safe.
Ask a Professional HVAC Services Expert in Roswell for Help
If you’re still having problems keeping indoor humidity down, call our professional HVAC services to check on your system. If your AC is not sufficiently doing its job, it may either be too large for the space or it is not running as effectively as it once did (especially if you have an older unit). There is also a chance that you have a poorly designed ventilation system or are simply using the wrong thermostat setting.
Whatever the reason is, our experienced HVAC services providers can find the solution, just as we’ve been doing in Roswell, GA, for many years. Contact us or call us at (678) 888-4822 today! TemperaturePro North Atlanta is a full-service HVAC services provider in Roswell, GA, that’s capable of addressing all your HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance requirements. We also offer free home evaluation and estimate to assess your needs.