High indoor humidity degrades home comfort, zaps your energy level and can raise utility bills. Additionally, high humidity has a negative impact on indoor air quality (IAQ) compounded by the promotion of mold and mildew growth in the home. If high humidity weighs heavy on your comfort and home efficiency, read on to learn tips that reduce humidity in your Long Island home.
Household activities, such as cooking, bathing and cleaning, often raise humidity levels above outdoor levels. Tightly sealed homes without adequate ventilation lock in water vapor and are at higher risk of the adverse effects of high humidity. Even the number of people adds moisture to the air at a steady and substantial rate.
Modify Your Lifestyle and Habits
Modifying habits and lifestyle during the cooling months is a practical and cost-free first step to reduce humidity. Try to limit cooking, cleaning and bathing to early morning and late evening hours to save energy. Run the bathroom fan during and after bathing and the kitchen fan while cooking. Better yet, cook outdoors more often for relaxation and reduced indoor humidity.
Whole-Home Mechanical Solutions
Sometimes mechanical options are needed to mitigate high indoor humidity and its side effects. Most importantly, whole-home ventilation is necessary to replace poor and unhealthful IAQ with fresh outdoor air. Ventilation helps prevent the buildup of moisture and contaminants in problem areas, such as north-facing rooms and areas with poor airflow.
Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are popular balanced ventilation systems that use a heat exchange core to minimize the cost of ventilating the home. Warmer outdoor air transfers heat to cool indoor air as the stale air is discharged from the home. An HRV may use your forced-air ductwork, or you can install dedicated ducts.
Home dehumidification is best accomplished with a whole-home dehumidifier. The system attaches to the duct trunk and removes moisture from return airflow. The cooled and dehumidified airflow is circulated through the supply ducts to the entire home.
If you would like to reduce humidity in your Long Island home, contact the experts at Cool Power LLC today.
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