It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity – Dehumidification Can Help!

woman feeling the effects of humidity and heatAt this point during the summer, temperatures tend to soar – and along with them, the humidity levels. High humidity coupled with extreme heat can make people feel hot, sticky, and uncomfortable. And while your home’s air conditioning system can help get rid of some of the excess moisture in the air, there are times when the humidity level is just too high for it to effectively handle.

How does excessive humidity affect my home?

You already know how your body feels when it gets too humid. Unfortunately, overly humid air isn’t healthy for your home, either. It can cause a lot of different concerns around the house and can make your living environment less than pleasant. Here are a few ways you can tell if the air in your home is excessively humid:

  • The air inside feels hotter than it should. This is because humid air tends to hold in the heat more. This can make your home’s air conditioning system work harder than it should, causing an increase in energy use and higher utility bills.
  • There is condensation on your windows. You might notice your windows are fogged over, or there may even be droplets of water on the glass and window sills.
  • You’ve noticed mold and mildew growth. When the air inside your home is too humid, it creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Check your baseboards and areas of your home like bathrooms, laundry room, and kitchen if you notice a musty odor.
  • The wood in your home seems overly damp or rotting. If you notice this, it’s important to act right away, as the humidity could be causing wood rot. That can lead to structural concerns in your home.

I think the humidity is a problem in my home. What can I do?

If you have excessive moisture in your home, especially during the hot weather, one of the best choices you can make is to install a whole-house dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers help remove moisture from the air so that you’re more comfortable and your air conditioning system is able to work more effectively and efficiently.

A whole-house dehumidifier can also help improve your indoor air quality. Mold and mildew growth can contribute to air quality issues in your home, and can make allergies or asthma worse for those who suffer. By removing some of the humidity from the air, a dehumidifier helps to discourage mold and mildew growth – and that helps you and your family enjoy better air.\

Can Empire help meet my whole-house dehumidification needs?

We can! We’re pleased to offer our customers quality whole-house dehumidification products that can help remove moisture from the air in their homes and enjoy better comfort. At Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll help you determine if dehumidification is the best choice for your home, and you can count on our expert technicians to provide you with professional installation. To learn more about our whole-house dehumidifiers, call us at 404-294-0900 or contact us online today!