In Bradenton, Florida, the humidity is often high. In winter, high humidity can make you feel cold and clammy, and in summer, humidity levels can make you feel hot and sweaty. High humidity also affects your home, leading to potential problems with mold and mildew. Discover ways to increase comfort, prevent damage, and save energy and money by controlling the humidity levels in your Florida home.
Keep Moisture Out
Keeping moisture out of your home is easier than removing it once it’s present. So how do you control moisture levels?
Install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms, and remember to use them when you cook or take a shower. The ducts to the fans should reach the exterior of your home, since water vapor vented to the attic can still increase humidity.
Check for signs of a leaky roof, such as dark spots on the ceiling or mold growing on attic insulation. You should also watch for plumbing problems. Even a dripping faucet or a small leak under the sink could raise humidity and encourage mold growth. If you notice a problem, repair it immediately.
Keep your humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent for the greatest comfort and energy savings. You can measure humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive gauge that resembles a thermometer. Place the hygrometer in an area with high humidity, such as the bathroom, kitchen, or basement. Make sure the hygrometer is not near a heat source like the furnace or stove.
Use a Dehumidifier
If your hygrometer says the humidity in your home is still high after you reduce moisture sources, use a dehumidifier. Portable models are the least expensive option, but these units can handle only one or two rooms at a time. A whole-house dehumidifier connects to your HVAC ductwork and removes humidity from the house as air moves through the ducts.
Our team at Aqua Plumbing & Air has more than 40 years of experience in plumbing, water treatment, HVAC maintenance, and electrical services. For help with humidity in your home, call us at 941-306-3715.
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