Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Summer means it’s finally time to get out of the house and enjoy being outside in warmer weather. That said, you have to take the bad with the good — when you’re talking about summer, the bad can be humidity.
Humidity can do more than leave you feeling sticky and uncomfortable. It can make you tired, promote mold and mildew growth, and aggravate allergies. It’s important to do what you can to keep humidity out of your home, as it can lead to serious interior damage and present health hazards.
If you’re concerned about the effects of humidity in your home but don’t want to run the air conditioner 24/7, it’s important to know about ways to reduce humidity in your home. Keeping humidity in check is essential for maintaining a comfortable and healthy home, and it’s easy to do if you remember a few simple tips.
Running a dehumidifier is perhaps the most obvious way to remove humidity from your home’s interior, but far too many people don’t think to use one. A dehumidifier pulls the moisture out of the air and leaves the air inside your home drier, making it one of the most important weapons in your fight against unwanted moisture.
A less obvious way to remove or prevent humidity is by fixing leaky plumbing. Any water that leaks from pipes and/or fixtures can evaporate, that water vapor then trapped inside the home when windows and doors are closed. With nowhere to escape, it leads to humidity.
It’s said humidity levels above 60 percent lead to discomfort, and cause mold and mildew growth kick into high gear. Therefore, it’s advisable to keep the humidity level at about 55 percent or lower. The following guide contains more tips about fighting humidity in your home, which can help make summer more bearable for you and your family.
Marty Nuzik is President of NuComfort Supply, a Chicago-based wholesale distributor of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, as well as replacement parts, indoor air quality products and home generators. NuComfort has been in business since 2002, with three convenient locations in Chicagoland — all of which offering extended weekday hours and open on Saturdays.
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