Having a humid home can make you feel incredibly uncomfortable at the very least, but humidity can also have a negative impact on your health, and even damage your walls and furniture.
If your home is uncomfortable, or unusually humid, it could be caused by several factors, one of which is yourHVAC system.
What factors could be causing humidity in your home?
One of the most common factors behind an uncomfortably home is:
- The weather and/or climate
While there isn’t much you can do about the weather or the climate where you live, there are a few things you can do to help ease your discomfort while inside your home, such as opening your windows during the day to let trapped, humid air out, or investing in a good quality dehumidifier.
Another factor that has been known to increase the humidity in a home, is:
- Having a lot of plants
Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home, and aside from their visually calming effect, they can help to improve the quality of the air you breathe. However, having a lot of houseplants can contribute to humidity levels, and begin to have a negative impact on your home. Try to limit the number of plants you have inside your home, and don’t be tempted to overwater them. By watering them too often, any water left sitting on the surface that hasn’t been absorbed by the plant, will evaporate and make the air more humid. Choose your plants carefully and be sure to water them according to their specific needs. You may also discover some plants that absorb humidity, and adding a couple of these to your collection could help ease any humidity problems your home is suffering from.
Lastly, it could be that your HVAC system is contributing to high humidity levels in your home:
- Problems with HVAC
It’s always a good idea to check the condenser in your HVAC system, as this can easily become dirty and blocked, and when it does, it will almost certainly contribute to humidity levels in your home. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to ensure that this never happens, and that’s by having your entire HVAC system checked and maintained by a professional company who specialize in vent cleaning. Have this done at least bi-annually (and more often if required, such as if you live with pets or the system is old), and you can help keep the moisture levels in your home at a comfortable level. A humid home is an uncomfortable one, but by checking for the above when the atmosphere in your home starts to feel unpleasantly hot and moist, you can help keep everyone cool and dry!