3 Reasons Why Your Home Is Too Humid

July 12, 2021

The sweltering heat during the summertime in South Central Texas, may mean you’ll spend a lot of time indoors. If your home is too humid, you might be wondering why. Read on to learn about three common causes of excessive humidity in your home and to get some tips on what you can do about the situation. 1. Inadequate Ventilation When you’re washing laundry, cooking, showering or cleaning, you create a lot of humidity. If this humidity isn’t ventilated to the outdoors, it will persist in your home. Older homes often lack exhaust fans in their kitchens and bathrooms. In these instances, you can have one retrofit. Be sure to run the fans for at least 10 minutes after you finish any activities that create steam. 2. Oversized Air Conditioning System While it might seem like a good idea to get an air conditioner with extra capacity, it won’t make your home more comfortable. The high cooling capacity will cause the unit to run short cycles. These short cycles aren’t long enough to remove excess moisture from your home’s air. It’s better to get a right-sized air conditioner for your home. 3. Inadequate AC Maintenance If you’ve skipped the past...

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What’s the Proper Indoor Humidity Level for My Home?

April 5, 2021

You have probably heard about how low humidity can impact your health, but too much humidity may also affect it. It is important to monitor humidity levels to avoid health issues. Controlling humidity levels also helps your HVAC unit run more efficiently. Why Humidity Level Matters Low and high humidity both impact health and homes, but in different ways. High humidity in your home plus high temperatures could interfere with the body’s natural way to cool itself. The body sweats to lower its temperature, and if the body can’t cool off, it may cause a heat stroke. Low humidity commonly causes dry throats, chapped lips, dry and itchy skin, cracked wood, and static electricity. High humidity increases the chance of mold, which often worsens allergy symptoms, and too much moisture may damage wood and other fixtures. Measuring Humidity Level in Your Home There are methods you can use to find the humidity level in your home. Place a few ice cubes in water in a clear glass in any room but the kitchen, and check them in four minutes. Condensation on the glass commonly indicates high humidity levels, and no condensation indicates low humidity. If the home has balanced humidity,...

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Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity?

July 14, 2018

Anyone who has spent time in a hot and muggy climate knows that being exposed to the hot weather is one thing, but having to endure hot and humid air is altogether worse. Hot and humid air can make it seem difficult to breathe. It also has the awful effect of intensifying the heat we feel. This is because the warm moisture in the air sticks to our skin and enters our lungs, making our sweat evaporate less readily. When hot air is dry, it can just pass over us with less effect on our body temperature. But humidity delivers a “sticky” kind of heat that’s so much more unpleasant. Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity from the Air? The simple answer to this question is, yes, an air conditioner will remove moisture from the air. This is why we call your AC unit an “air conditioner” and not just an air blower. If your AC did not remove moisture from the air then it would just be a big fan that’s channeled through your home. How It Works Your AC unit removes moisture and heat from the air using a condenser coil or condensate array. This device exploits the tendency...

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