Humidity is an issue in Birmingham, Alabama, especially during the summer, but you can manage it. High humidity can affect your air quality, make your home feel warmer than it is, make your HVAC system work harder, and cause harmful substances to grow in the home. Fortunately, you have options to control it.
Invest in a Whole-Home Ventilation System
Ventilating your home is a good way to handle the humid Alabama summer. A whole-house ventilation system pulls cool air in and expels hot air and humidity through the ventilation system. It’s similar to the ventilation system in a bathroom or kitchen, but it works for the entire home. These systems help dehumidify the house without having to constantly empty water tanks. These systems also help to improve the indoor air quality by expelling pollutants while ventilating your home.
Take Action With All-Natural Alternatives
Make sure your home is adequately ventilated, and use the ventilation system while bathing or cooking. If your home is humid, consider hanging your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. You can also use houseplants to control the humidity in your home, although you should make sure you research the correct plants to add for eliminating humidity. Some of these plants can also help to improve your indoor air quality, as well.
Use a Portable Dehumidifier
If you’re not ready to invest in a whole-house ventilation system and all-natural alternatives aren’t cutting it, you can always purchase a portable dehumidifier. The upside is that you can move them to any room in the house. If you have a room that gets especially damp like a basement, you can use the dehumidifier only in that room. Although it’s annoying to change or empty the water often, the convenience of dehumidifiers make them a worthwhile fix for basement humidity.
If you need help controlling the humidity in your home, we are the people to call. Contact Skelton’s Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration at (205) 289-3413 to schedule an appointment today.
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