The average person spends about 90 percent of their time indoors. Much of this time is spent inside your home. It’s no surprise, then, that the conditions in your home can significantly affect your health. In steamy Sarasota, Florida, one of the biggest problems is humid air. Here’s what you need to know about dealing with a humid home – and why it’s so important.
The Dangers of High Humidity
Simply put, humid air is bad for your health. In particular, it can impact your home’s indoor air quality by encouraging the growth of mold and other biological contaminants. These pollutants are known to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms, respiratory problems, headaches and more. Too much moisture can also be bad for your home. Left unchecked, humid conditions can support enough mold and mildew growth to risk both cosmetic and structural damage.
Keeping Your Humid Home in Check
Now that we know why high-humidity conditions are bad, it’s time to do something about it. You should begin by monitoring moisture levels in your home. This is traditionally done by using a hygrometer, but modern technology has given us an even easier option. Most programmable thermostats can now display humidity along with temperature, making it easy to track the conditions in your home. The ideal humidity range that is comfortable for most people is 30 to 50 percent.
If your levels are significantly higher than this range, it’s time to take action. Minor issues can often be corrected by keeping your HVAC fan set to automatic and installing a few vent fans in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas that are prone to producing moisture. More serious moisture issues, however, are best handled by installing a whole-home dehumidifier. As the name suggests, a dehumidifier can quickly and effectively correct humid conditions in your home and keep the air comfortable and safe.
Humid conditions are a fact of life along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but they needn’t be a fact of life in your home. Correcting excessively humid conditions is an important step to protect your home and your family. To learn more about how you can keep your home in check, explore Climatic Conditioning Co’s whole-home dehumidifier systems or call 941-444-5399.