Humidity is the norm in and around Atlanta. But if you're at home sweating and wondering why it feels so stuffy, then you might have high humidity. That moisture in the air can make things real uncomfortable in your house. So how do you find out what the humidity is in your home? Well, the short answer is purchase a hygrometer. That's a fancy word for a device that measures the moisture in the air. You can get one at any Home Depot or Lowe's. If it measures higher than 45%--you have a problem.
How Can I Reduce My Humidity Levels?
In Georgia, you can't just open the windows. There's probably more humidity outside than in. So what can you do to keep your home nice and comfortable? Here are some solutions to the problem.
1. Use Your Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner will lessen indoor humidity because it's moving cooler air in while moving warm, humid air out. If you're running your air conditioner and it's still a hot mess in the house then it's time to get your AC tuned up. You also should be changing the filter on a regular basis.
2. Blame the Showers
Anyone who has stepped out of a hot shower knows humidity. It steams the mirrors and can steam your house. Use the ventilation system in the bathroom. You could also take cooler showers.
4. Fix Any Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes and faucets are never a good thing but they also can add moisture to the air. Fix any leaks in your pipes. You can also wrap your exposed pipes in insulators. If you see condensation in any area of your home, you'll need to fix it. Signs of leaks include stained drywall, wet spots, and irregular water bills.
5. Get a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are a sure way to reduce the heat and humidity in your home. We can put in a whole home dehumidifier right into your HVAC system. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air as it passes through. Then when that air comes out of the vents, it's dry and cool - just the way you want it.
It'll even save you money. By having a dehumidifier you'll actually use your air conditioner a lot less. It will help your AC to keep humidity levels low. So your energy bill will lower along with the humidity.