High humidity makes people want to retreat indoors in Tampa, Florida, but it’s frustrating when it’s humid inside, too. High humidity can be annoying and uncomfortable, but surprisingly it also can cause issues with your health and your home. Make sure you check the humidity levels in your home so that you can stay immune from the following issues.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is especially a concern during the summer because your home is sealed up tight to prevent air leakage. High humidity adds to concerns about poor indoor air quality because it can increase dust mites and bacteria in the home.Mold and mildew also thrive in humid environments. In fact, any type of added growth in your home is dangerous to your air quality. So make sure you regulate the humidity in your home and have your indoor air quality tested by a professional.
Mold and Mildew Growth
If there is high humidity in your home, you may see mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew negatively affect your indoor air quality and are pretty unsightly and hard to curb once they start to grow. In many cases, you will need to have a professional remove mold growth from your home.
Make sure you ventilate areas that are susceptible to mold and mildew. Limit the number of hot showers you take, and be sure to use the ventilation fan. Watch your laundry area carefully for any signs of leaks and sitting water. Grill outside instead of cooking inside when possible. All these things will lower the humidity in your home and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Poor Sleep Quality
If you’ve been restless at night or tired during the day, your home’s humidity could be to blame. High humidity in a home makes it harder for water to evaporate from your body. That leads to clammy or even sweaty nights. You can help improve your sleep at night by keeping a dehumidifier in your bedroom and switching your bedding to quality cotton sheets.
Asthma and Allergies
Mold growth in your home can increase asthma and allergy symptoms among family members. Poor indoor air quality can also encourage allergy-like symptoms. Since these health factors are linked, the common denominator tends to be high humidity in the home. Allergies are already troublesome for many during the summer, so help keep out anything in your home that can make them worse.
Central Florida homes are especially susceptible to warped wood due to the high humidity and moisture during the summer. If the humidity levels stay too high for too long, it can ruin your furniture and the hardwoods throughout your house. To combat this, make sure you don’t walk into the house dripping wet from the pool and be sure to dry off completely after showers. Of course, keeping the humidity down will also prevent the wood from warping in your home.
Strained HVAC System
When the humidity is high, it feels warmer in your home. You tend to turn up the air conditioner to make yourself feel cooler. Your HVAC system already has a tough job to do in the summer with the heat, and when you crank it up to combat the humidity, you’re making it work even harder. Keep the temperatures stable and ease the pressure on your HVAC system by working to lower the humidity levels in your home.
Increased Utility Bills
Not only are you putting a strain on your HVAC system, but you’re also encouraging your utility bills to spike by cranking up your air conditioner. The harder your air conditioner works during the summer, the more electricity it will use. If you can keep the humidity lower, you can turn your air conditioner to a higher temperature, which will lower your utility bills. The closer your thermostat is to the temperature outside, the less you will pay.
If high humidity levels are causing mold growth or other problems in your home, we are the people to call. Contact ServiceMaster 24 Hour at 813-603-2001 to schedule an appointment with an experienced professional today.
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