The National Weather Service defines the outdoor heat index as a combination of temperature and humidity. Higher moisture levels can increase the perceived temperature both inside and outside your home. Finding ways to reduce the amount of moisture in your indoor air can help you enjoy greater comfort in your Virginia home. Here are three proven methods for dealing with humid indoor air this summer.
Ventilate Your Home
Your air handler is responsible for moving air throughout your home. Scheduling regular maintenance for this essential HVAC component can reduce the moisture in your indoor air. Making sure that the vents in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room are in good working order is also critical to prevent humid conditions from affecting perceived temperatures indoors.
Insulate Your Pipes and Ductwork
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, creating a barrier between the outside world can reduce indoor moisture levels to a significant degree. Condensation on air ducts can also increase moisture levels in the air inside your home. Investing in insulation can ensure the most comfortable living conditions for you and your family. Insulating ductwork can also lower your utility bills by making sure that conditioned air is delivered to your living areas without excess loss of energy in the process.
Install a Dehumidifier
If moisture continues to be an issue, installing a dehumidifier can be a good investment in indoor comfort and the longevity of your air conditioner. Dehumidifiers can reduce the apparent temperature inside your home by eliminating some of the moisture in the air, allowing your HVAC system to work more efficiently to cool your home.
The HVAC experts at Custom/Design Heating & Air Conditioning can provide advanced services designed to reduce humidity and enhance your enjoyment of your Virginia home. Our skilled technicians can provide you with the most cost-effective and practical solutions for all your heating and cooling needs. Call us today at (540) 322-1096 to schedule an appointment for service or to discuss your indoor air quality needs with us.