Are You a Snowbird? Take Steps to Keep Your Nest the Best!Published on: April 18, 2018
Traveling frequently and for long periods of time prevents you from keeping your heating and cooling system in check on a daily basis. Humidity fluctuates as the temperatures rise, which can compromise your indoor comfort. Sustaining ideal humidity levels increases the performance of your heating and cooling equipment and your comfort. Schedule your heating and cooling tune-up now with the professionals through AC Southeast®.
Benefits of Healthy Indoor Humidity Levels
Normal ideal humidity levels are between 30% and 50% and can provide benefits to you and your family. The flu packs a punch every year except when humidity is kept at healthy levels, the risk of infection is reduced. In fact, high humidity eradicates most indoor airborne virus particles, leaving your home’s air healthier. Dry sinus issues are alleviated when moisture is increased in a home. Your skin will be fresh and glowing when humidity is kept at a comfortable level. The advantages of ideal humidity can truly affect your health and well-being.
Problems with Excess Humidity
Humidity can be beneficial when kept at a normal, healthy level although if it gets too high, the consequences can be devastating. Excess moisture can damage your floors, walls, furniture and even the structure of your house. When moisture seeps into your walls, it stains them and causes the paint to peel. Extreme moisture can even cause significant health issues for you and your loved ones. Dust mites and mold are common in homes with high humidity, affecting those with allergies, asthma and respiratory issues.
Invest in a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
During the spring and summer, humidity increases drastically and makes your indoor home sticky, hot and uncomfortable. If your cooling system isn’t able to keep up with the humidity demands in your home, consider installing a dehumidifier. A whole-home dehumidifier boosts your cooling system’s performance by removing excess moisture from your indoor air. Additional benefits of a whole-home dehumidifier include:
- Reducing water stains on the walls and ceilings in your rooms
- Providing fresh air and removing the staleness throughout your home
- Removing sticky textures on surfaces, which also trap dust and dirt
- Decreasing the growth of mold and mildew throughout your home and HVAC system and
- Eliminating musty odors caused by mildew or mold in your home.
Schedule a Heating and Cooling Tune-Up
Installing a whole-home dehumidifier isn’t enough to keep your humidity levels in check. Scheduling a heating and cooling tune-up with a licensed and experienced professional keeps your HVAC system healthy, improves its performance when the heat rises and protects your manufacturer’s warranty. The NATE-certified technicians found through AC Southeast® will thoroughly clean your equipment, removing dust, dirt and other debris compromising your indoor air quality and restricts airflow for your unit. Routine maintenance keeps wear and tear on your system at a minimum and lengthens the lifespan of your equipment. Before your heating and cooling tune-up occurs, check for signs of excess moisture in your home:
- Mold or mildew anywhere in your home
- Standing water around your heating and cooling system
- Distinctive musty odors
- Water stains or damage from water anywhere in your home
- Signs of damaged or rotting wood or
- Condensation buildup around windows.
Take control of your indoor humidity this spring by scheduling a heating and cooling tune-up to catch problems early and improve your unit’s performance as the temperatures start to rise. Contact AC Southeast® to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable HVAC professional about the installation of a new whole-home dehumidifier.