Indoor humidity is an element of your home’s air quality that can be confounding to deal with. Mitigating correlating indoor air quality problems, such as increased airborne allergens, may be as simple as using a higher-efficiency HVAC filter. Using portable dehumidifiers may seem like a logical way to mitigate a humidity problem, but they are ineffective as a whole-home solution.
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With the annual average humidity level more than 20 percent higher than ideal conditions, indoor humidity for many Fresno homeowners is a challenge. It affects comfort, indoor air quality and energy bills, but turning down the thermostat when it’s too sticky inside only increases energy bills. Keep reading for practical tips to help decrease humidity and boost comfort in your home.
Whether they’re crawlspaces, storage spaces or fitted as lofts, attics don’t exactly have a reputation for comfort. Part of this is because they tend to be hot, stuffy, humid and poorly ventilated. Between indoor heat rising and solar heat hitting the roof and radiating downward, attics can rise to high temperatures. Often they’re not air-conditioned, which makes them a pocket of heat inside your home’s thermal envelope. That’s why home attic ventilation can be so helpful.
Our Fresno area’s humid summer months can either be a relief from arid conditions, or it can cause certain health problems in sensitive individuals. Since high-humidity environments can often cause allergy and respiratory issues, many homeowners have discovered that whole-home dehumidifiers can keep them healthier and happier throughout the humid months.
Dry skin and frequent colds are just a few signs there’s a humidity problem in your home. If you’ve also developed a sore throat, then it’s time to test your home for low humidity. In contrast, high humidity can damage your home’s foundation, so it’s important to keep humidity balanced in your home. You can follow these easy steps when testing the humidity in your home.
Maintaining proper humidity levels in your Fresno-area home increases indoor health and comfort for you and your family, while lowering energy use, reducing wear and tear on your HVAC system and preventing moisture damage to furniture and other wooden household possessions or fixtures.
Taking a vacation is a welcome rest from your regular routine, but worrying about your home could cause you undo stress. Take these steps to control your home’s climate while you’re gone to avoid the damage that extreme temperatures can cause.