Reducing Possibilities of Mold by Controlling Humidity

Published on: April 25, 2012

There are things you can do to help your air conditioning system control the humidity in your home. Controlling the humidity is the key to reducing the possibility of mold growth. If your HVAC system is not controlling or removing excess moisture from the air, a call for air conditioning service and repair is needed.

An older air conditioning system may not be able to deal effectively with excess humidity. Multiple in house, pets, plants, cooking, laundry and cleaning all add moisture to the air. Adding dehumidifiers to each room is an unnecessary expense. Drain pans must be emptied regularly to avoid accidents. The electricity required raises the energy bills for the customer. Having air conditioner service and repair work done is a better investment over time. The air conditioning system dehumidifies the air as it works, whether it is cooling or heating the air.

When taking hot showers, turn on the bathroom vent fat to remove excess moisture. Leave the door closed while it is running. In humid climates, choose houseplants that need high humidity and limit their number. When cooking, turn on the overhead vent to remove odors and moisture. Install an additional bathroom vent in the laundry room and vent it to the outside. When doing laundry, turn the vent on. These tips will reduce the additional moisture your air conditioning system has to remove. If it is unable to handle the reduced moisture load, call for air conditioning service and repair.

Upgrading to a new HVAC unit will save money on energy. Choose a unit that allows you to set the humidity level for your comfort. A new unit will not need air conditioning service and repair as often as an older unit. Choose an Energy Star certified model that qualifies for tax breaks and incentives for greater savings.