Humidity plays a large role in the health of your home. The tough part is trying to find a delicate balance when trying to control household humidity. When humidity is too high,  mold can grow. With low humidity, the air becomes far too dry and may cause a sore throat or other sinus issues. By attempting to control household humidity, you can better ensure a comfortable environment to live in during these humid summer months. Solutions to control household humidity 
  • For starters, the EPA recommends purchasing a dehumidifier for your home. A dehumidifier works by removing moisture from the air and cooling down the environment. Even though you may be using your air conditioning, this is often not enough to keep your home comfortable from the heat. If you suffer from allergies during the summer, dehumidifiers help to prevent dust mites.
  • Make sure that the air conditioning unit for your home is adequate for the amount of space you have. Oftentimes, air conditioning systems that are over-sized may end up cooling the air without removing humidity.
  • The two most common exhaust fans in homes are found in the kitchen and bathroom. The problem with many existing setups is the fact that the air is sent to your attic. A humid attic has the potential to spread moist air to other places in your household. By venting the exhaust fans to the outdoors, the air quality may improve significantly.
According to the EPA, keeping your humidity level between 35 and 60 percent ensures you remain comfortable in your home during the summer while preventing mold buildup. If you are concerned and want to learn more about how to control household humidity, contact Gilman Heating and Cooling. Our team of knowledgeable HVAC experts with years of expertise helping out customers in Richmond, Ashland and many other areas of Virginia.  

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