When it comes to humidity levels in your home, it’s all relative. Damp air is described in terms of Relative Humidity (RH), which is the amount of water vapor present in the air compared to the amount of moisture the air can actually hold. Because warm air retains more water particles than cold air, RH levels often rise dramatically during the heat of summer. Learn how to optimize your air conditioning system so that you stay cool, dry and comfortable during the long warm-weather season in Metro Atlanta.
Balancing RH Levels
To protect your health and home, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends keeping RH levels between 30 and 50 percent. Anything over that range promotes the growth of harmful bacteria, mold, and mildew. Air conditioners play a primary role in managing RH levels because they extract moisture as well as heat from the air. Reducing other sources of moisture can help your AC dehumidify your home more efficiently so it won’t feel as humid:
- Use ventilation fans to exhaust air outside when bathing or cooling.
- Keep gutters and downspouts free of dirt and debris.
- Instead of using the dryer, hang damp clothes outside to dry.
- Repair leaky faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
- Avoid over-watering indoor plants.
Upgrade Your AC System for a Less Humid Home
If you still feel sticky or clammy even when the AC is running, an upgrade may be in order. As an alternative to a traditional air conditioner, a Carrier heat pump offers an ideal solution to a humid home. Equipped with a variable-speed blower system, the heat pump can slow the air delivery so that it can remove more water vapor from the air. You’ll enjoy a higher level of comfort while saving money on operating costs too.
With more than 45 years of experience keeping the communities of Metro Atlanta comfortable, Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning has the know-how it takes to combat humidity. To explore more options for staying cool and dry this summer, take a look at our air conditioning services or call 678-369-0500.