Excessive humidity in your home can lead to a wide range of issues for your space. Maintaining your heating and cooling system can help to remove moisture from the air indoors which can help you to keep your space comfortable and safe from moisture damage. If you are looking for solutions to control moisture in your home, reach out to us today.
The climate affects the humidity level in your home.
Climate can contribute to high humidity in a house. If it’s exceptionally humid outside, chances are it’s going to be muggy inside a home. The changing seasons and temperature can be significant factors for rising indoor humidity levels and the main culprit for an uncomfortable environment.
Everyday activities like cooking, washing, and showering can contribute to humidity levels.
Humidity levels can be affected by simple activities you do every day. These tasks can naturally add more moisture to the air. Cooking and running the dishwasher can add more water vapor to the air in the kitchen. Long, hot showers add a lot of moisture to the bathroom. Keeping areas ventilated by opening a window or installing an exhaust fan can lower humidity levels. A professional can direct certain appliances, such as clothes dryers and stoves, to vent outside of the home.
Leaks coming through cracks in the plumbing system may be the culprit.
An interior plumbing leak from a bathroom or kitchen sink can cause increased moisture in the air. It’s important to check pipes often for cracks and corrosion; finding a leak in the early stages could help prevent water damage, musty smells, and potential mold growth. While some leaks can be easy to spot, others are not. Look for wall discoloration, bubbling paint or wallpaper, a dripping sound, or a musty smell.
Moisture from soil under your home may be penetrating the house.
Humidity can come up through the soil underneath the foundation of your home. This is called rising damp, and ineffective grading can be a significant factor since groundwater and rain can accumulate in a home’s foundation. Basements can be humid since they’re often poorly insulated and don’t have windows, and this can compound any issues.
If you live in a climate with excessive rain, ensuring that gutters and downspouts work correctly and rainwater is directed away from the house can keep moisture out. Professionally installed awnings placed above windows and doors are an excellent way to keep water out as well.
A poor ventilation system may be to blame.
Adequate ventilation can help control a home’s humidity level, impacting health and a home’s structural integrity. If there are high humidity levels in your home, poor ventilation can be to blame. If you suspect that this is the reason behind your discomfort or even health issues (high humidity indoors can lead to respiratory problems), a first step is to open windows and keep them open for extended periods for humidity control, particularly in high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Also, consider having a ventilation system professionally installed.
Your AC unit may be too large.
Bigger isn’t always better: An oversize window or central AC unit may be the reason for excessive moisture in a home. The evaporator coil found inside the AC unit acts as a dehumidifier and pulls humidity from the air as it runs. However, if the unit is too large, it may cool a room or home too quickly, running for only 10 to 15 minutes on a hot day before it abruptly shuts down. A longer runtime is needed to dehumidify a home correctly.
Correct the Humidity in Your Home
Do you have excessive humidity in your home? Your HVAC system may be experiencing issues leading to moisture in your space. All that use can eventually cause problems with your humidity control equipment. While those problems may just need simple repair, there may come a time when you consider replacing your humidifier or dehumidifier. Call the Humidity Control Houston replacement experts at Autumn Mechanical.
Reach out to Autumn Mechanical today and we’ll send one of our friendly and highly trained experts to your home or business to take a look at your humidifier or dehumidifier and help you decide whether you’ll need to repair or replace your system. If it turns out that system replacement makes more sense, we can guide you through the process by finding the best system that matches your needs and your budget.
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With over 30 years of experience in the air conditioning and heating business, the team at Autumn Mechanical has built a trusted reputation throughout the communities of Houston. Our air conditioning services include, but are not limited to, residential/commercial AC and heating, repair, service, installation, maintenance, and heat pump equipment repair.
Whenever you are looking for high-quality air conditioning and heating services at a day affordable price, we can help! We service and replace both commercial and residential HVAC systems in order to bring you the ultimate climate control. Autumn Mechanical proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including Briarpark, Midtown, Sugar Land, Cypress, Pearland, The West University Place, The Heights, Spring, Willowbrook, Houston,Spring Branch, and The Woodlands. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today to find out what we can do for your home or business.