Your heating and cooling system is an imperative part of your home's function and family's comfort. While surprising to learn, your heating and cooling system help remove humidity from your home, as well. Of course, you may not realize the dangers of high levels of humidity. Ideally, humidity levels should be around 45 percent, so if your home is measuring higher levels, you need to address the problem.
High humidity can affect your home and your health. From peeling paint and warped wood to the growth of mold and mildew that affects your skin, eyes, and respiratory system, the dangers of moisture and humidity should be easy to understand. Thankfully, you can reduce humidity inside your home using these tips.
A unit that is oversized for your home's square footage, climate, and overall layout may lead to high humidity levels. If the system is too large, it will stop cooling immediately after it reaches its set temperature. Once the cooling stops, heat, and humidity are no longer being pulled from the air. This issue is known as short cycling, but it can be fixed.
Determining if your unit is oversized is the first step in addressing the humidity problem. A load calculation completed by HVAC contractors can help.
One ton is necessary for cooling every 500 to 1000 square foot of your home. Therefore, if you live in a 3,000 square foot home, you should have a 5-ton unit installed for effective and efficient air conditioning that will pull all heat AND humidity from the home.
If your system is oversized and you are constantly dealing with high humidity levels, consider downsizing your unit immediately.
Add a Dehumidifier
Adding a dehumidifier to your existing air conditioning system is also an option to consider.
A central dehumidifier work with your ductwork and air conditioner to pull moisture from the home in without the overwhelming cost and stress of replacing an oversized unit.
It is important to note that a central dehumidifier may increase your monthly energy bills, but only slightly. The cost of the dehumidifier, installation, and increased energy bills will be a smart alternative compared to replacing a unit that is oversized. In addition, the improved air quality will ensure you are making a smart investment.
Humidity may not seem like a big issue, but it can make a big impact on your home and your health. To learn more about reducing high levels of humidity through proper heating and cooling, contact an experienced HVAC company like John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning.