Why is my Houston Home So Humid?

Why is my Houston Home So Humid?

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Houston is humid. During the summer it can be uncomfortable to be outside, so you want your home to be comfortable inside. But did you know that humidity can haunt you inside as well?

If you want to know how much humidity might be in your home, you can measure humidity levels with a device called a hygrometer, which is inexpensive and can be found in a hardware store. A normal measurement for the inside of your home during the summer is 50 percent, while during the winter it can be 30 percent or less (depending on the outdoor temperature).

Why the Humidity?

There could be a few different reasons for the indoor humidity:

Lack of ventilation – If you live in a newer built home, you might have a lack of ventilation because they are built a little tighter. Fresh air helps curtail humidity build up, so if your home is sealed up tight, consult an expert at Air Specialist on how we can help you improve ventilation in your home.

Too large of an air conditioner – In the case of air conditioners, bigger is not always better. If your air conditioner is too big for your home, the on-cycles can be too short to remove humidity from your home effectively. An Air Specialist air conditioning technician can help ensure you have the right sized air conditioner for your Houston area home.

Extra clamminess in the bathroom – Bathrooms have a lot of moisture between the toilet, sink and shower/bathtub. Installing an exhaust fan will help remove the excess moisture, but don’t keep the fan running all the time, just during and after showers.

Incorrect discharge – Your clothes dryer should be discharge outside, not inside, year round. Make sure that the discharge pipe is clear of any blockage and is properly connected at the back of the dryer and to the outside vent.

Controlling the Humidity

Call Air Specialist today to discuss the possibility of adding either a Honeywell or Aprilaire Whole Home Dehumidifier to help eliminate that humid, cold, clammy feeling during these hot Texas months. Adding a dehumidifier will help you manage the moisture in the air throughout your home, which will also help keep your home healthy by eliminating the mold and mildew growth that comes with the increased moisture.