High humidity is a daily problem in St. Petersburg, FL, and can become a serious problem for homeowners as it decreases the efficiency of HVAC equipment. The hotter it is inside the home, the harder your HVAC unit has to work to bring down the temperature.
Strenuous activity shortens the lifespan of your air conditioner, increases the likelihood of repairs and increases your energy use and utility costs. To keep these costs low, try these tips to curb humidity within your home.
Replace Your AC Filters
Air conditioners pull hot air from indoors and cool it, removing moisture in the process. Over time, air filters get dirty and less efficient, which means the air inside your home will become more humid and the system has to work harder.
Luckily, this is a simple fix—all you have to do is regularly clean or replace your air filter. We also recommend scheduling preventive maintenance twice annually.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
A portable or whole-home dehumidifier is your next line of defense against high humidity. If your home consistently has humidity levels of 65 percent or greater, it’s time to consider a dehumidifier.
Turn on Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans are present in the kitchen and bathroom for a reason—use them! Turn on the fan after bathing, boiling water or completing any other activity that raises your home’s humidity level.
Clean and Check Air Ducts
Your home’s air ducts are essential for carrying air throughout your home and are unable to properly do their job when they’re dirty or have leaks. If you consistently have a problem with high humidity, it could be exacerbated by a leak in your air duct system.
High humidity can be uncomfortable and costly, but you don’t have to settle for it. If you’d like a professional to inspect your home and identify the source of the problem, please call Bay Area Heating and Cooling, Inc. today at 727-565-4555.