High humidity makes you feel hot and sweaty in the summer, so you rely on your air conditioner more in order to feel comfortable. This inevitably increases your utility bill.
Too much moisture also creates an ideal environment for mold and pests, like roaches, and silverfish. You can control the humidity in your Macon, Georgia, home by adding ventilation making sure you have enough, and using a dehumidifier.
Check Your Insulation
Check your attic and roof for gaps in your insulation especially after a storm. Mold from excess moisture often causes dark spots, streaks, or musty smells. You should also check your doors and windows for air leaks that could let contribute to humidity and condensation in your home. Seal these leaks with caulk or weatherstripping. As an additional measure, insulate pipes that carry cold water to prevent condensation.
An energy recovery ventilator can bring fresh air into your home and remove humid air. It can be attached to your ductwork, and it has a heat exchanger that transfers energy from outgoing air to incoming air. This is similar to a heat pump and is more efficient than a standard electric fan. Be sure to use the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen to remove moisture and unpleasant odors. Vent clothes dryers outside to further reduce moisture inside your home.
Use a Dehumidifier
If your home still feels hot and moist after you add insulation and improve ventilation, you should use a dehumidifier. An experienced professional can connect a whole-home dehumidifier directly to your ductwork to reduce moisture throughout your entire home. A portable dehumidifier is more economical, but it only reduces humidity in small areas like basements or attics.
Pruett Air Conditioning has more than 35 years of experience, and we offer a 100-percent money back guarantee. We can install, maintain, and repair your indoor air quality and air conditioning systems. Call us anytime at 478-225-4921 (Warner Robins location) or 478-298-4115 (Eastman location) for a free estimate.
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