With summer kicking into gear and temperatures beginning to rise, it’s time to start preparing your home for the shift in weather. While the air conditioning’s status is an obvious thing to check, you may not have thought to measure your home’s humidity level. Excess moisture in the air can make the heat clingy and smothering. It also contributes to the growth of mold that can aggravate allergies and potentially pose a serious health risk to your family. To keep your home’s indoor environment healthy and fresh, take these steps to avoid high humidity.
Check for Plumbing Leaks
The most common source of unwanted moisture inside the home is an undetected leak in your plumbing. Even a small leak can pump out a high volume of water if left untreated for too long, soaking into any nearby wood and causing more moisture to build over time. For leaks that don’t make themselves readily apparent, adding a gallon of brightly colored water will help highlight the source as it flows out of the opening.
Use Colder Water in Shorter Showers
A shower is effectively a controlled leak in your plumbing. Although most of it ends up returning to the system through the drain, a fair amount of the water will spray and splash around the bathroom. If you enjoy taking steamy showers, the gaseous water will spread through the entire bathroom and soak into walls even if you run a ventilation fan. Try turning down the heat and putting yourself on the clock in the shower to remove some moisture from your home’s daily cycle.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier does not treat the cause of the humidity, but it does mitigate the symptoms at the cost of the electricity to run it and the noise of the compressor. You can purchase a dehumidifier online or at your local home supply stores. They are rated by the amount of moisture that they remove in a day with the least expensive varieties typically removing 30 pints, and they are capable of handling roughly one square foot of space per pint.
Ask an HVAC Professional for Assistance
If these steps don’t alleviate your humidity issues, then you may have overlooked a leak or another issue. Buckeye Heating and Cooling has been providing expert advice and support for homeowners on how to keep their indoor environment clean and refreshing. All you have to do is call and ask for an inspection to see why your home is producing so much moisture and the steps that can be taken to solve the problem.