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Three Proven Ways to Manage Your Indoor Humidity
05 Jul
By: Climate Control
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For the typical home, a heating and air conditioning system will serve as the primary tool for keeping the indoor air at a comfortable temperature. The HVAC system will also have the task of keeping your indoor humidity at an appropriate level. However, running your air conditioner isn't the only way to maintain the humidity in your home or business. Here are three proven methods for managing your indoor air quality this summer:

Method #1: Running a Standalone Dehumidifier

A standalone dehumidifier is one of the most common methods for controlling the moisture level indoors. This should come as no surprise given how effective these devices are. Depending on the layout of your home or business and how well the HVAC system circulates the indoor air, buildings may require multiple dehumidifiers, one for each room or area. And since most dehumidifiers have several settings and functions, it should be easy to keep the relative humidity at the desired comfort level.

Method #2: Use Exhaust Fans

Indoor moisture can come from a variety of sources, but the kitchen and bathroom are often the largest producers of indoor humidity. Warm showers and boiling pots release significant amounts of moisture into the air. Exhaust fans are perfect for transferring this muggy air outside instead of letting it raise indoor humidity levels.

So the next time you take a shower or boil a pot of soup, turn on the exhaust fan and send that moist air outside before it can spread throughout the home. If you don't have an exhaust fan, consider installing one. By helping lower indoor air humidity, exhaust fans will reduce mold growth and protect wood furniture and hardwood flooring.

Method #3: Open Windows

On days that are cool and pleasant, opening windows is a perfect and free way to not only keep your home or business cool, but also lower its indoor humidity. Windows serve as an excellent method of circulating the humid, warm and stale air outdoors and replacing it with fresh, cool and dry air.

One thing to keep in mind is that this method only works when the outdoor air is less humid than the indoor air it's going to replace. Also, if the outdoor air is much warmer than the indoor air, any drop in humidity will also require the running of the air conditioner. Therefore, keeping the windows open won't always be an energy efficient method of managing indoor humidity levels.

If you'd like to learn more about how your heating and air conditioning system can help manage your indoor humidity, contact our team at Climate Control online.

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