Humidity, Heating and Cooling
Late summer in Wilmington NC can get unbearably humid outside. That humidity level doesn’t need to follow you inside! Your home heating and cooling system could be running better to keep your family feeling at ease. Not only are high humidity levels uncomfortable and stifling, they can be very unhealthy for those in your home. High temperatures with moist air are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. These greatly diminish your overall air quality and can get you and your family sick upon inhalation.
Keeping doors and windows tightly sealed is the first step when blocking out humidity. Once all entrances and exits are properly sealed, make sure your air filter is clean. Professionals recommend monthly renewal of air filters in your heating and cooling systems to ensure the highest quality air throughout your home.
Using ceiling fans and exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom will improve airflow and decrease relative humidity inside your home. Likewise, run appliances that create humidity (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) during the nighttime when humidity is lower.
Finally, if you don’t already have one, invest in a dehumidifier. This will filter out the thick air from your home and make it a generally more breathable climate. Inversely, for the dry and cool months, a humidifier will keep your home comfortable. If you find yourself needing both, consider investing in a programmable thermostat for your heating and cooling system. This will allow you to control your home humidity levels with precision.