As homeowners there are so many responsibilities that come into play when taking care of and maintaining your home. From electrical, water, sewer and HVAC systems to home décor, furnishings, landscaping and roofing, the responsibilities and tasks are endless. For many homeowners keeping the temperatures and humidity in their homes at appropriate levels can prove to be challenging at best. At South Nashville Heating and Cooling our qualified and highly experienced technicians and our full staff of friendly consultants are here to provide all our Nashville clients with the help and insight needed to keep their homes comfortable all year round. Our technicians are all fully certified and licensed in all areas of HVAC services and are here to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. With customer satisfaction our number one priority, we here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling strive to deliver quality services at affordable prices to all our valued clients.
How to Control the Humidity in Your Home
Every home needs some level of humidity in the atmosphere in order to provide appropriate comfort levels throughout the year. However, if you have too much or too little humidity in your home, you can run into a variety of problems, some of which can be quite costly to repair.
Controlling the humidity in your home is important to the overall health, safety and well-being of both your home and your family. During the extremely hot summer months certainly using your air conditioner, which nowadays serves as a dehumidifier, will help remove any excess moisture from the air in your home, as well as any allergy causing substances in the air.
Your air conditioner will certainly keep the air in your home at an appropriate balance, but the primary function of your air conditioner is to control the temperatures in the house in order to keep everyone comfortable during the hot summer days. Sometimes, however, condensation can develop and appear on your windows which, over time, can cause the wood around the windows to warp or even rot. This is one of the many reasons why controlling the humidity in your home is important and can also be costly.
What is a Dehumidifier and Should I Purchase One?
A dehumidifier is one sure fire way of controlling the overall humidity in your home. Very easy to use with a simple flick of the switch to turn it on, and a routine change of filters, a dehumidifier is an ideal tool for controlling and maintaining the humidity levels in your home. In addition, dehumidifiers are ideal for the person constantly on the go who has little to no time at all to open and close windows throughout the homes during the varied seasons. Your dehumidifier will take care of all your air balancing needs for you and is certainly an ideal purchase to make.
The Heat in Your Home
One very simple way of controlling the moisture and humidity in your homes is simply by turning up the heat in the house. This simple and very effective method for controlling the humidity in your home was long in place well before ceiling fans and dehumidifiers were even invented and has long proven to be efficient and effective for controlling excess moisture in the home.
There are all sorts of things we do in the home that contribute to the moisture and humidity levels present. Cooking, dishwashing, showering, and doing laundry are all activities that greatly contribute to the humidity in your home.
Here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling we explain to all our clients how important it is to install proper ventilation in their homes such as ceiling fans and exhaust fans in the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry room since these fans will eliminate the damp air in the home. They are especially useful in the bathroom after you have taken a hot shower and the water causes dew and sweat on surfaces. With the accumulation of water and moisture comes the potential of mold spores. Drying out the air in your bathroom and other rooms in your house will keep mold and mildew from forming and, therefore, protect your family from any dangerous mold spores.
In Winter Months be sure to Insulate around Doors and Windows
There are many homes that present with issues of sweat on the inside of their windows during the winter months. This is a clear indication that the humidity levels in your home are too high. To resolve this problem homeowners can install double pane windows which act as dehumidifiers in the cold months. In addition, you want to be certain to use weather stripping around all doors and windows to give a bit of added insulation needed to keep moisture out.
Keep Your Attics and Basements Dry
Basements and attics are typically very damp. With heavy rains the humidity in your home will most assuredly increase. In order to avoid this from happening, homeowners must be certain that there is some type of appropriate fan in use in both the attic and basement, especially during the hot summer months, to minimize the amount of humidity present. The moisture in your home can accumulate in many ways. Keeping your rooms as dry as possible during damp weather conditions with both your heating and air conditioning systems will most definitely contribute to healthier air in your home and certainly to controlling the overall humidity in your home season after season, year after year.