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Home » Air Quality » How to Manage Your Home's Humidity

Humidity problems in your Orlando, FL home can compromise your family’s comfort and health. Heightened humidity in the home can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system and can become an environment for microbes, dust mites, and other unwelcome pathogens to grow.  

 

Managing the humidity in your home can be done in several ways; our air conditioning pros from Frank Gay Services weigh in.  

 

 

What is the Ideal Humidity Range? 

 

Generally, it is recommended to keep indoor humidity at 30-50%. Too much moisture in the air can make you feel uncomfortable and can also damage your home. On the other hand, too little humidity can trigger allergies and asthma. 

 

When the humidity in your home is around 30-50%, it is the perfect balance between too much moisture and not enough to keep you and your home safe.  

 

Now, let’s discuss ways to manage your home’s humidity here in hot, humid Florida:  

 

Improve Your Home’s Ventilation 

 

Properly ventilating your home can help control moisture levels in the air. If the humidity outside is high, keep your doors and windows tightly shut and use your HVAC system to circulate air throughout your home.  

 

Make sure that your bathroom, dryer, and stove hood exhaust vents are in good condition and routed to go outside your home. These systems work to extract moisture from the air when you are showering, cooking, or doing laundry.  

 

Failure to control the humidity levels in your home will allow microbes to grow in your kitchen, bathroom, on your ceilings, and in areas of your home that are dark or poorly ventilated.  

 

Keep your family safe and breathing fresh air with Frank Gay Services! From air quality inspections to HVAC maintenance, we do it all! Call our AC team, 407-329-5145! 

 

 

Use Your Air Conditioner 

 

You can use your air conditioner to lower the humidity in your home. An air conditioner works by removing the heat from the air, making water vapor less likely to hold onto heat—thus eliminating moisture.  

 

To tackle the humidity in your home with your AC, set it several degrees lower and it will cool the air to condense water molecules then reheat the dried air.  

 

Upgrade to a High-Efficiency HVAC Unit 

 

Some high-efficiency HVAC systems can alter the humidity conditions in your home. Some can monitor the humidity levels in your home and will automatically turn on when there is high humidity.  

 

You can also input preferred heating, cooling, and humidity settings with a master control to ensure that there are proper humidity levels in your home.  

 

 

Consider a Dehumidifier  

 

If you still have high humidity after trying the above options, a portable dehumidifying unit can be suitable to tackle humidity problems in one area of your house like a bedroom or basement.  

 

If there is a humidity problem throughout your home, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier that will work in tandem with your air conditioning system.  

 

Preventative maintenance and cleaning can help your HVAC run efficiently and control humidity levels in your home. Contact Frank Gay Services to schedule preventative maintenance today! 

 

Resolve Any Major Moisture Issues  

 

Too much humidity could be a sign of an issue in your home such as a leaky roof or windows or water could be accumulating around the foundation of your home. Find the source of water entry and have it fixed.  

 

Landscaping your property so that rainwater flows away from the foundation can be beneficial, as well as ensuring that downspout drains are pointing several feet away from the foundation of your home.  

 

 

Control the Humidity in Your Home 

 

If you need help controlling the humidity in your home, call Frank Gay Services! We can inspect your HVAC system to ensure that it is running efficiently and can install a whole-home dehumidifier if needed.  

 

Take control of your home’s air quality. Frank Gay Services is on call for your Orlando, FL area home —407-329-5145!