Controlling Humidity: Finding Your Comfort Zone
Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. It's measured as a percentage. Most people are sensitive to the amount of humidity in the air since it affects their ability to cool down when the temperature rises.
During the summer, humidity levels often exceed 60 percent. This not only makes you less comfortable, it can damage the inside of your home, causing musty odors, mold growth, condensation on windows and more.
Take control of humidity
Your air conditioning system helps control humidity levels in your home by removing moisture from the air. However, some areas of your home, such as the basement, may need a little extra help in keeping humidity at a comfortable level.
That's where portable dehumidifiers come in. Dehumidifiers work to reduce excess humidity in an area or room by pulling moisture directly out of the air. The water is stored in the unit, typically in a bucket, where it must be poured down a drain. Many models provide an option to drain directly, saving you the hassle of periodically emptying the bucket.
When purchasing a dehumidifier, be sure to choose the right size for your needs. An oversized dehumidifier will waste energy, while an undersized dehumidifier will not operate efficiently. Also, purchase an ENERGY STAR® certified unit. ENERGY STAR rated dehumidifiers use 10 to 20 percent less energy than standard models.
Dry up your act
Things you do daily, such as cooking, showering and drying your clothes, can increase moisture levels in your home as well. These simple tips will help keep things dry.
- Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan while showering. Make sure the exhaust fan vents outside.
- Cover pots and pans and use the exhaust fan over your stove while cooking.
- Before you run your clothes dryer, make sure that it vents properly outside.
Keep moisture from coming into your home as well. Keep roof gutters clean to direct water away from your home. Repair any cracks in your home's foundation, and waterproof basement walls helps as well.
By following these tips, you'll stay cool and dry all summer long.