Too much moisture in your Glasgow, Kentucky home can leave you with a living environment that feels far warmer than it actually is. Excess moisture also sets the stage for problems with mold and mildew, and the property damage and foul, pervasive odors that these unhealthy growths are known to cause. With the five strategies that follow, you can consistently keep your indoor humidity at an acceptable level.
1. Use Your Air Conditioning System
Air conditioning systems aren’t just tasked with the job of keeping building interiors cool. This equipment also extracts harmful, airborne particulates to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and help regulate humidity. The more that you use your air conditioner for temperature control, the less humid your living environment will become. This, however, only works if your current cooling equipment is properly sized for your home.
2. Take Good Care of Your HVAC Equipment
Temperature control, IAQ support, and humidity regulation from your HVAC system are all vastly improved with diligent maintenance. Regularly check and change your HVAC air filter and have your cooling and heating system inspected and tuned up at the start of each season.
3. Clean Your Dryer Vent and Range Hood Fan Filter
Two of the greatest sources of indoor humidity are cooking and clothes drying. If you haven’t done so in a while, schedule an appointment to have your dryer vent cleaned. This will limit the amount of moisture that your dryer is releasing indoors. It will also eliminate a common fire hazard, improve your IAQ, and make your dryer more efficient. It’s also a good idea to remove the fan filter on your range hood and give it a thorough cleaning. If this filter becomes blocked by built-up dirt or grease, it won’t be able to remove smoke and moisture effectively.
4. Clean and Inspect Your Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Hot, steamy showers are another major source of indoor humidity. If your bathroom exhaust fans are dusty or otherwise under-performing, your living environment will feel wet and muggy every time the shower is used. With good bathroom venting, daily self-care routines won’t have a tremendous impact on indoor humidity and overall resident comfort.
5. Install a Whole-House Dehumidifier
If you have a lot of people living in your home, or if you cook a lot, take hot showers often, or engage in other activities that produce lots of humidity, consider having a whole-house dehumidifier installed. Whole-house dehumidification will limit the amount of work that your HVAC system has to do for humidity control. It will also make your home feel cooler and more comfortable overall and limit your risk of developing issues with mildew and mold.
At HVAC Services, Inc., we offer an expansive range of heating and cooling services to residents of the greater Glasgow, Kentucky area. We also provide sheet metal fabrication, indoor air quality services, and options for indoor humidity control. If you need help regulating the humidity inside of your home, give us a call today.