How to Combat Humidity Indoors

Humidity and North Carolina summers are like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t have one without the other. The high humidity levels not only make it hard to stay cool, but they also affect your air conditioner. Keep reading to find out how MTB can help you stay comfortable this summer with a whole house dehumidifier and exhaust fans.The ideal humidity levels inside your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. If the humidity levels remain higher over time, they can be the downfall of your HVAC system.
Your air conditioner works by drawing heat from your home and releasing it outdoors. In turn, your HVAC system’s evaporator coil is tasked with reducing your humidity levels inside. It does this by drawing in the moisture, which condensates under the coil. From there, the water goes into the condensate pan and is later drained.
If your home’s humidity levels are too high, your air conditioner might have to work overtime to handle it. This can cause undue stress on your HVAC system, which can lead to breakdowns. Another common issue: your condensate pan can overflow and go into the air handler instead of draining out.
You can avoid these issues with a whole house dehumidifier. It removes excess moisture from your air to keep you cooler and drier during the hot summer months. If allergies are a major issue in your household, a whole house dehumidifier can help reduce allergens as well.
This summer, take time to check for leaks around your house, too. They are a major culprit behind indoor humidity issues.
Installing exhaust fans can also help with your humidity levels. These are extremely useful in your home’s wettest environments (i.e., the bathrooms). Exhaust fans remove air from your home and put it outside. Did you know around four pints of water can raise the humidity level 15 to 60 percent in a 1,000-square-foot home? Now, think about all the long hot showers you’ve taken with the door closed. Exhaust fans can really help keep your humidity in check.
Call the experts at MTB at 704-321-9250 to explore your dehumidifier options.