When you live in the subtropical climate of Central Texas, issues with indoor air humidity can leave you feeling clammy and uncomfortable even when the air conditioner is running at full speed. The consequences of too-humid air extend beyond personal discomfort, however. Humid environments promote the growth of pollutants like dust mites, mold, and mildew. To safeguard your family’s health and protect your home from structural damage, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends keeping relative indoor humidity levels between 30 percent and 50 percent.
Identifying the Causes of High Indoor Humidity
The causes of high indoor humidity range from undetected plumbing leaks to everyday activities like showering and cooking. When the weather outside is hot and sticky, even something as seemingly inconsequential as a damp towel, a dripping faucet, or an over-watered indoor plant can raise humidity levels inside your home. When it comes to appliances, a clogged clothes dryer vent or a dryer that is not properly vented can also introduce unwanted moisture into the air.
Because your air conditioner extracts heat as well as humidity from the air, ensuring that your cooling system operates at full capacity is a top priority. Enrolling in a preventive maintenance plan offers you a convenient and affordable way to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. Other effective ways to reduce indoor air humidity include:
- Using ventilation fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and the attic to help exhaust humid air outside.
- Schedule a duct inspection to ensure that your ductwork is clean.
- As much as possible, try to limit activities that contribute to high moisture levels. For example, schedule dishwashing and clothes laundering for full loads only so you avoid frequent use of these appliances.
- Repair any leaky faucets, toilets, and showerheads that could lead to mold growth promoted by the humid air.
Partner with Woods Comfort Systems
As a full-service provider, Woods Comfort Systems offers everything you need, from timely plumbing repairs to new AC installations to keep your home comfortably cool and dry. To learn more about how to avoid the negative consequences of high humidity, explore our air quality solutions or call us at 512-842-5066.
Image provided by Shutterstock