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Lower Indoor Humidity this Summer

Posted on News September 29, 2010 by Terry Jones

High humidity is nothing new in South Florida. Our high humidity levels are what makes it feel like 98 degrees when thermometers read ten degrees cooler, as it does now at AYC headquarters in Plantation.

What a lot of people do not realize, is that humidity levels in the home can skew our perception of temperature as well. Your thermostat may be set at 78 degrees, but if your humidity is not under control, it may feel much warmer. As a result, many homeowners turn their thermostat to lower temperatures, which costs them more money on their monthly energy bills.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to lower your indoor humidity. Start by making sure that your air conditioner is properly sized. Air conditioning removes humidity from the air when it is running. An air conditioner that is too large for your home will cool the home very quickly, but will not run long enough to adequately remove humidity.

Of course, air conditioners that are too small will run longer and work harder, using more energy and running up your energy bills. All Year Cooling will survey your home to determine the properly sized equipment.

Once you have the properly sized air conditioner, there are other steps you can take to keep humidity levels down. Turn on exhaust fans while cooking or showering to help lower humidity, and seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. Make sure that your dryer vents outdoors and that your home is properly ventilated.

Dehumidifiers are available to lower humidity levels, while many air conditioners offer humidity control. If your home’s humidity levels are too low, however, a humidifier may be the answer. For more information about controlling humidity, contact All Year Cooling and an air conditioning expert will answer your questions and address your concerns.

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