Beat the Heat Humidity!

The dog days of summer are here, and although you may expect to sweat when you’re outside during these muggy days, the inside of your home should provide shelter and comfort from the stickiness.

How do you know you need to reduce humidity in your home or office? Damp marks or stains on drywall, foggy windows, and a stale smell are all indications that your home is too humid, but the most detectable and bothersome sign is your own uncomfortable, clammy skin. Providing HVAC services in Glens Falls and Saratoga NY regions, we are quite familiar with the humidity problems in our part of the Northeast and are ready to help!

9 Tips for Reducing Humidity in Your Home

1.  Install a central air conditioning system.

How many times have you heard, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”?  A central AC system helps humidity levels by keeping the air cool and moving. Keeping the air cool in your home means you won’t perspire as much, making your dwelling a happier place to relax. When it’s this hot, central air conditioning is an investment into your family’s physical and mental well-being.

2.  Ventilate!

While ventilation fans are preferable to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, if your home does not have fans, consider having them installed. Leave fans on as long as you can to keep it consistently dry throughout your home.

3.  Dehumidify.

The right type of dehumidifier can have a huge impact on the air quality in your home. The best and most common type of dehumidifier in the Northeast is the mechanical dehumidifier, which can be purchased at your local home improvement or retail store. All you need to do is empty the tray at the bottom a couple of times a day to see how much moisture they actually trap.

4.  Ensure you have adequate insulation

Keeping your home as close to a constant temperature as possible prevents moisture buildup and makes it easier to control humidity. More insulation also has the added benefit of lowering your heating costs during the winter and requiring your air conditioner to run less in the summer.

5.  Take cool, shorter showers

All you need to do is look at your bathroom walls to see the moisture caused by steam (which is why a ventilation fan is so important). A statistic from Critical Cactus states: “It only takes four to six pints of water to raise the humidity level by 60% in a 1,000 square foot home.”

6.  Wash larger loads and line dry

Washing machines are responsible for creating lots of humidit