Summertime has so many characteristics that make it enjoyable: you can travel down the beach, go for a swim in a pool, enjoy the outdoors, and experiment with new recipes for dishes and drinks. However, with the heat on the East coast often comes humidity, and that’s the part that can make summer months miserable for your home comfort.
Humidity can make your vacation or backyard BBQ a lot less pleasant, but there are ways to help keep your home relatively comfortable and free of humidity.
Understand Where Humidity Comes From
When it comes to your home, it’s essential to recognize what generates humidity indoors. Boiling water when cooking or doing laundry are often sources of moisture that can easily be managed during the summer months. Even something as simple as lowering the temperature of your showers by a degree can minimize the amount of water vapor in the air of your home. If any of these are running, keeping the area well ventilated and an exhaust fan running is suggested.
Strategically Manage Your Windows
As counter-intuitive as it may seem, it’s actually a good idea to keep your windows closed during the summertime. Generally, you might assume that getting better airflow will help disperse some of the humidity, but it depends on how much water is in the air outside compared to inside your home.
The more humid it is outdoors, the less you want to open your windows. However, if the weather is dry and breezy, opening the windows can help eliminate some amount of moisture found indoors.
Schedule AC Maintenance
Your AC system is designed primarily to cool the air temperature in your home, but it also reduces the humidity if it’s running correctly. Over time, debris can build up in the system and create inefficiencies that make it harder for the system to do its job. By keeping on top of your air conditioner’s maintenance schedule, you can ensure that the heat and humidity of the summer are kept at bay in your home.
To find out more about reducing humidity in your home or schedule an AC service with one of our professionals, call the Dilling team today!