Did you know that the muggiest period of the year in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area lasts 4 months? More specifically, it typically lasts from May 24 to September 23. The comfort level during these months can be described as muggy, oppressive, or even miserable at least 16% of the time (1). Yikes!
What’s All the Fuss About High Humidity?
Other than your hair looking a little kooky as soon as you step outside, what’s really the big deal about humidity?
It’s uncomfortable. Humidity is classified by a dew point, which determines whether perspiration will evaporate from your skin. High humidity means a high dew point, which makes it more difficult for perspiration to evaporate, causing your body to feel hot and muggy (1).
A humid environment invites in harmful microscopic organisms. Fungus, mold, and dust mites thrive in a muggy environment, all of which can be harmful to your health (2).
It has negative effects on your home. As previously stated, mold and mildew love humid areas. This can make its way into the foundations of your home. And in addition to that, high humidity can cause floorboards to bend, paint to peel, and even furniture to deteriorate (2).
The Sweet Spot
Although too little humidity in your home can also raise concerns, you’ll most likely be battling high humidity in the current summer months. It’s important to find the happy medium of humidity in your home, and we’re going to show you how.
1. Run the AC
…Yes, you read that right. An efficient air conditioning system will be your biggest savior when it comes to high humidity. Running the AC can help remove unwanted moisture from the air in your home. That being said, it’s important that your cooling system is installed correctly, working efficiently, and sized appropriately for your home (3).
As an extra perk, as your AC dehumidifies the air, it’ll allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher (3). This will save you some money in the long run—and who doesn’t want that?
2. Use Fans for Ventilation
Running ceiling fans can help promote better air flow within your home. For the sake of your energy bill, only use fans in rooms that are occupied. Fans can help remove moisture from the skin, and should rotate counter-clockwise to pull up cold air from the floor and circulate it throughout the room (1, 2, 4).
Using ventilation fans can also help promote air circulation. Be sure to install ventilation fans and use them in areas that create lots of moisture, such as your bathroom or your kitchen (5).
Extra tip: Cover your food while cooking—this prevents too much steam from entering the air and creating excess moisture (5).
3. Invest in a Dehumidifier
It’s common to use a dehumidifier in conjunction with your cooling system to remove moisture from the air. They’re typically placed in rooms with more moisture than others such as basements, secluded bedrooms, etc.
A dehumidifier pulls air with excess moisture from the room, reprocesses that air and then redistributes it into the room after it has cooled (6).
4. Temporarily Place House Plants Outside
If you have lots of house plants, you may want to consider moving them outside or concentrating them into one room.
Playing a bigger role in your home’s humidity level than you might know, plants do release excess water vapor into the air (5).
5. Have Your Cooling System Regularly Inspected & Maintained
Having a professional ensure that your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible will save your trouble in the long run. Regular check-ups can help not only regulate your humidity levels, but also save you money.
We Want You to Be Comfortable This Summer
Call the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your home is as comfortable as possible this summer: 859-491-4915.