Here in the South, the rise in summer temperatures also means the rise of humidity in our homes. If your home’s humidity levels begin creeping over the 60% mark, you may notice condensation on windows or mirrors, musty odors, or clammy skin. If this elevated moisture level continues, you may also notice damp spots and rotting wood. Mold and mildew can also occur, causing serious damage to drywall, carpets, and ceilings, as well as triggering allergies, headaches, and asthma symptoms. Maintain a proper humidity level in your home this summer with these easy tips.

Showering

Take colder, shorter showers to produce less steam. Reduce drafts and moisture by properly caulking around windows, tubs, and shower stalls.

Cooking

Oven and stovetop cooking produce more moisture, while slow cookers produce less. When cooking on your stovetop, cover your food when possible and use your kitchen exhaust fans.

Houseplants

A few plants around your home will promote a healthy environment, but too many can increase the moisture in the air to near tropical conditions. Move plants outdoors or concentrate them in one area where you can easily control the moisture level. Also, take extra care to not overwater your houseplants in the summer months.

Ventilation

Draw moist air out of your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement with exhaust fans vented to the outside. Use fans throughout your home (and attic) to increase ventilation and set ceiling fans to rotate counter clockwise for the summer. 

System maintenance

Keep air-conditioning drain lines, drip pans, and condenser coils clean and free of debris and regularly replace your A/C filters to ensure your system has an unobstructed air flow. You may also want to insulate cold water pipe tubing to decrease “sweating”.

Home Repairs

Excessive moisture due to leaks or holes in your home’s exterior, can put your home at an increased risk of infestation by termites, roaches, mice, and other pests. Waterproof basement walls and seal around the joints where the walls meet the floor and ceiling. Prevent water from pooling around your home’s foundations by adjusting downspouts to carry water farther from the house and keeping your gutters cleared. Inspect your roof for leaks, damaged shingles, and loose flashings. Make any necessary repairs and apply sealants around doors, windows, and any openings that lead outside.

Call Atlanta Air Care

Cleaning or adjusting the HVAC system can often eliminate your home’s moisture problem. However, you may also need a dehumidifier. At Atlanta Air Care, our HVAC technicians can install dehumidifiers in the heating and cooling system to provide non-invasive air quality control for your whole home. Call us today and enjoy a cool, comfortable home all summer.