As a homeowner, one of the important things you need to keep in mind is how to keep the home’s humidity within a comfortable range. Most professionals recommend that this should be between 30% and 60%. When the humidity exceeds 60%, the home is said to have high humidity. At these levels, you are likely to find the home very uncomfortable. This is mainly due to the fact that even if you sweat, the sweat might not evaporate from your body, which is necessary to cool it. In addition to that, high humidity levels are also known to encourage the growth of mold as well as causing warping of furniture.
In addition to making you less comfortable, having very high humidity levels has also been shown to have health consequences. High humidity levels usually encourage the growth of dust mites. This will make people more allergic, and the ones who have conditions such as asthma and dermatitis might get allergic reactions as a result of contact with the dust mites.
High humidity levels will also damage the décor in the house. The water can condense from the air and accumulate on surfaces such as your wallpaper, causing peeling and aesthetic damage.
The role of air conditioning
In order to avoid all these problems, you need to explore the use of air conditioning in drying the air. If you live in a very humid place, you will need to buy one that has the capacity to get rid of a lot of water from the air, drying it up to a degree that you will find comfortable. However, the problem is that there are times when you might have such an air conditioner, and still not notice any benefit from using it. If this happens to be the case, there are a few things you can try out to remedy the problem including:
• Find out if the air conditioner is of the right size
The commonest reason for lack of proper dehumidification of air is due to use of the wrong air conditioner rating. Those that have very small capacities tend not to be able to handle a large volume of air particularly in a large room. However, this does not mean that a large one will get rid of most of the moisture. In fact, the opposite tends to occur. Air conditioners that are far too large for the application they are used for tend to short cycle. This means that they turn on and off quickly. As a result, they are not very effective in getting rid of water and particles such as pollen from the air. You would therefore still end up with high humidity levels.
The only way to get perfect humidity is by buying an air conditioner that is perfectly suited to your needs. You will need to consult an HVAC specialist who can calculate the rating that the air conditioner should have, so that you can then use this as a guide for determining what to buy.
• Get rid of too many house plants
If you have a large number of house plants that have many leaves, it might be a good idea for you to consider getting rid of some of them if you have a problem controlling the humidity in the room. You don’t have to throw them away; you can simply choose to put them outside. The effect of plants increasing the humidity in a room is particularly important in case they are all in a very small room.
• Modify your bathroom
There are many times when the excess humidity will come from areas that have a lot of water, such as the bathroom. If you notice that there is too much humidity in the house, you should consider redesigning the bathroom in such a manner that not much of the moisture will escape to the rest of the home. Some of the measures you can take include sealing the doors, as well as making the bathroom ventilated to the outside. You can also consider taking shorter showers. This will save water and also reduce the amount of steam going into the rest of the house.
If you try some of these fixes and find that the humidity is still difficult to control, you might want to explore other sources of water that might be leading to the problem. You might need to consult a plumber to check the plumbing system to find out if there are any leaks. Lastly, you should also consider having the air conditioner checked for any malfunction. A number of issues ranging from improper calibration to regular wear and tear could lead to the device not working as expected, leading to increased humidity.
If you are not sure whether the discomfort in the home is caused by humidity or not, you can buy a cheap hygrometer that will provide readings of this. You can also install a thermostat that has humidity readings as well to monitor this.