When you live near the coast, humidity is a way of life. The Chesapeake Bay Area is no exception. We notice humidity in our homes by the condensation on our windows, mirrors and sometimes even on the walls. While we think of humidity as a summer problem, winter humidity can be just as bad. Ambient moisture in your home can play a significant factor in how comfortable you and your family feel. The good news is that you can control humidity for complete home comfort by taking a few simple steps.
What is Humidity?
Simply put, humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. The ultimate goal for homeowners is to separate the humid outdoor air from the treated indoor air. Humidity control is part of what your HVAC system does for you. Taking advantage of an HVAC maintenance service plan can save you big money in the future by reducing the effects of high humidity.
How Does Humidity Affect Comfort?
The more humidity there is in the air, the harder it is for the body to cool itself. A humid environment is usually described as muggy, clammy and sticky.
Allergens can also grow and thrive in extremely humid climates. High humidity and allergens can cause itchy throats, watery eyes and wheezing.
How Do You Control Humidity?
The first step is having a professional inspect your home for relative humidity. Once we understand how humid your home feels, we can recommend the right humidifiers and dehumidifiers to adjust it to proper levels.
Checking your home’s envelope seal is essential, as well. If your doors, windows, and other fixtures are letting in more humidity than your HVAC system is removing, you have a problem.
Give the friendly pros at Weather Makers a call at 757-263-4869. We’re ready to help you control humidity in your home with a wide range of options and services.
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