If your Florida home has felt too warm lately despite the air conditioning, it could be due to an unbalanced level of moisture in the air. High humidity levels in the home can not only cause discomfort by making the occupants feel warmer than need be, it can also contribute to home damage and unhealthful indoor air quality. To regain a more balanced humidity level in your home, there are a few simple steps to help get you started.
Locate Excess Moisture
Consider having a home energy audit conducted by a certified professional. This audit will access nearly every aspect of your home’s energy efficiency including humidity levels. High humidity levels in the home can often result in creating mold, especially in the bathroom, kitchen or plumbing system. Consider adding exhaust fans in these areas if you don’t have them. Also, purchase a hygrometer to measure your home’s humidity, which should be between 30 and 50 percent.
Seal Air Leaks
Condensation on the windows is a good indication that it’s time to seal air leaks. Apply fresh caulking to window and door frames or purchase new windows altogether. Door draft stoppers too, like air tight windows, will help keep cool air from escaping or allowing humid air to enter. Finally, consider having your attic inspected to make sure adequate and quality insulation is installed.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
Sometimes it can be difficult to remove moisture and regain balanced humidity in your home. If humidity continues to be an ongoing problem think about buying a dehumidifier, either a whole house model or a portable one to treat specific areas. Dehumidifiers are especially helpful in persistently hot climates like Florida.
When Clearwater homeowners struggle to find balanced humidity, Cox Air Conditioning & Heating is the name they turn to. Contact a friendly and experienced staff member over the phone at (727) 597-4456 to find out more about balancing humidity or other methods to improve the comfort of your home. Since 1958, Cox Air Conditioning & Heating has served satisfied customers throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties along with homeowners in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.