7 Reasons The House Is So Humid
Why is it so humid inside your home or office? In Florida, it’s difficult enough to be outdoors and in the humidity – you go to your home or office to escape it, right? But what happens if you walk into your home and you aren’t facing escape? Then it’s time to call the geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service in Englewood, Florida to find out what is going on.
When it comes to humidity did you know which state has the most humidity? If you guessed Alaska you’d be right, but did you? When you consider “relative humidity” Florida is king! Floridians would definitely agree that this is the case because they live with relative humidity levels of 50% or more! High humidity is uncomfortable, but at its height, it can also be deadly.
7 Reasons The House Is So Humid
If you don’t know what the humidity in your Englewood, Florida home or office is, you will want to test it or call us and we can perform a test and offer solutions if the humidity is too high.
The reasons your house could be humid include:
- The air conditioner in your home is too large. That means it will run ineffectively and inefficiently and that means it will run in short bursts and that leads to humidity.
- Your home is too air-tight. In one aspect, a home that is airtight prevents the heated and cooled air from escaping, but it also leads to inefficiencies and humidity
- The outdoor temperature and humidity play a role
What makes humidity unbearable, especially when it’s hot without humidity, it isn’t so bad? Take, for example, when you talk to someone from Arizona they aren’t as bothered by the heat because it truly is a “dry” heat. Now if it was in the triple digits with 50% humidity… that would be unbearable!
Your body cools itself when it sweats, but when it’s humid indoors, there is already moisture in the air and when you sweat, it isn’t absorbed – it just sits on your skin. The moisture on your skin will evaporate slowly and it makes you feel warmer and the air “muggy.”
We bet you have seen drink glasses “sweat” when it’s hot – this is because of the condensation caused by the high levels of humidity. High humidity and condensation in your home lead to mold growth and could impact your health.
Unfortunately, humidity is loved by dust mites, insects and rodents and they may take up residence if your home is humid. Humidity makes your home feel like it is hotter than it is. This means you will be turning the A/C lower and lower in order to get cool and that is costing you more money than you should be paying.
Is there a “perfect” humidity level?
Unfortunately, no! It’s like asking if there is a “perfect” temperature for your swimming pool water. Humidity levels are subjective BUT if you ask our geothermal professionals they will agree that 50% is ideal for bedrooms.
Humidity levels between 40 and 60% will help your home be more comfortable. Here are some ways to make your home more comfortable and less humid.
- Use the bathroom exhaust fan when you’re showering
- Use the kitchen exhaust fans when you’re cooking
- Run ceiling and floor fans to circulate the air
- If the outdoor humidity drops, open a few windows and let in the fresh air. You may even want to run a window fan to pull in the cooler air. If the humidity is high, keep those windows closed.
- If you notice condensation on any pipes in the house, don’t write it off or ignore it. Call a professional who can check the humidity levels and check that there are no leaks.
- Invest in a whole-house dehumidifier. This piece of equipment will give your A/C a boost and help lower humidity.
We educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to geothermal HVAC systems). For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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