Is Humidity in Our Near Future?

Warmer temperatures are on the horizon, which might compromise your indoor air quality. Now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming humidity levels, so you can enjoy the arrival of spring and not dread it. Maintaining an ideal humidity level is essential for your comfort and the performance of your heating and cooling equipment. Here are 3 ways to prepare your home and HVAC system for spikes in humidity this spring.

Indoor Humidity Problems

Humidity isn’t always a bad thing, except when indoor humidity reaches extreme highs, there are tough repercussions to face. A moist environment becomes the ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew, spreading spores throughout your home. Dust mites are common in homes with high humidity, which affect those who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Excess moisture will damage your home, such as furniture, floors, walls and even the structure of your house. Peeling paint and wet stains will occur in every room where moisture is present. Humidity will even cost you with expensive medical bills for health issues related to allergies and asthma and remodeling projects to repair or replace damages in your home.

#1—Increase Ventilation

Excess moisture will remain in the air when it’s not properly circulated throughout a room. Increase the ventilation in your home by using ceiling fans, exhaust fans and by cleaning your air ducts and vents. Reduced airflow in your home lowers your heating and cooling system’s ability to circulate air throughout your rooms, resulting in stagnant air building up in your home. Contact Mills Heating & Air to have your home’s return vents and ducts inspected. We will install additional ductwork and air units if your home lacks proper ventilation.

#2—Preventative Maintenance

Before the humidity arrives, schedule preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system. Our licensed and skilled professionals will clean your equipment, eliminating dirt, debris and excess moisture accumulated on your components during winter. Before you schedule maintenance, look around your home for signs of excess moisture, such as:

  • Water damage/stains
  • Rotting wood
  • Excess water around the HVAC unit
  • Musty odors
  • Increased allergies
  • Condensation around windows and
  • Mold or mildew 

If you notice any of these indicators, let our technicians know during the maintenance call. These signs help us to locate potential problems in your home if the humidity levels are not kept in check. Indoor humidity also affects the performance and lifespan of your heating and cooling unit. Preventing malfunctions due to high humidity levels will decrease the wear and tear on your current system.  

#3—Installation of Variable Speed System

Consider installing a variable speed HVAC system. Variable speed heating and cooling only uses as much energy as needed to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Variable speed also tends to lengthen the lifespan of your entire system by saving wear and tear on the equipment. This technology also better impacts humidity levels.  Variable speeds boost your air conditioner’s ability to remove excess moisture from your home and increase your indoor air quality. With better controlled humidity, you will notice benefits such as:

  • Stuffy air will dissipate and leave your home feeling fresh.
  • The surfaces in your home won’t have a sweaty or sticky feeling when you touch them.
  • Mold and mildew won’t grow in your home or HVAC system.
  • Fewer musty odors will accumulate.
  • No more unsightly water stains on ceilings and walls.
  • You and your family will live healthier with a reduction in allergy symptoms, asthma issues and respiratory infections.
  • Clothing in the back of the closet and items in storage will stay in good condition – no surprises when you reach for them again!

Improve your indoor air quality by installing a variable speed system in your home. Contact Mills Heating & Air to reduce your indoor humidity levels and experience cool temperatures this spring. We are available seven days a week to meet your needs!

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