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Beat the Heat and Breathe Easy: Tips for Reducing Humidity at Home

July 10, 2024

Written by Allie Keleti, Edge Marketing and Design

Here in Helena, Montana, July often brings sizzling temperatures and sunshine. While we bask in the warm glow of summer, high humidity levels can turn that sunshine into a sweltering sauna. The air feels heavy, clothes stick to our skin, and even the simplest tasks feel like a workout. But fear not, fellow Montanans! Here at Superior Heating and Cooling, we’re here to help you breathe easy and stay cool with tips to reduce humidity at home.

Why Humidity Matters

Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor present in the air. While some moisture is beneficial, high humidity levels (above 60%) can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, exacerbate allergies and asthma, and make it harder for our bodies to regulate temperature. This discomfort can lead to sleep problems, fatigue, and even contribute to respiratory illnesses.

Signs of High Humidity

Here are some telltale signs that your home might be suffering from high humidity:

  • Feeling clammy or sweaty even at comfortable temperatures
  • Musty odors
  • Condensation on windows or walls
  • Visible mold growth
  • Peeling wallpaper or bulging floorboards (due to moisture damage)

Simple Solutions for a Cooler, Drier Home

Before investing in a dehumidifier, there are things you can implement to combat humidity:

  • Ventilation is Key: Open windows and doors in the early morning or evening when the outside air is cooler and drier. This creates a natural cross breeze that helps remove moisture-laden air from your home.
  • Exhaust Fans are Your Friends: Make sure your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are functioning properly and run them during and after showers, cooking, and dishwashing activities. These fans vent hot, humid air directly outside.
  • Air Dry Your Clothes: Skip the dryer whenever possible and hang clothes outside to dry on sunny days. This not only saves energy but also prevents moisture from being released back into your home’s air.
  • Mind Your Indoor Plants: While greenery adds life to a space, some plants can actually contribute to humidity. Group plants together and avoid placing them directly on furniture or carpets where condensation can form.
  • Take Shorter Showers: Every minute counts! Opt for shorter showers with cooler water temperatures to minimize the amount of steam released into the air.

The Dehumidifier Advantage

While these lifestyle changes are a great first step, sometimes Montana’s summertime humidity demands an extra punch. Here’s where a dehumidifier comes in.

A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air. It works by drawing in warm, humid air, condensing the moisture into a collection tank, and then releasing the cooler, drier air back into your home.

Montanans who use dehumidifiers often experience:

  • Enhanced Comfort: By reducing humidity, a dehumidifier creates a more comfortable and breathable environment, making it easier to stay cool at a lower thermostat setting. This can lead to energy savings on your air conditioning bill.
  • Improved Air Quality: Dehumidifiers help prevent mold and mildew growth, which can trigger allergies and asthma.
  • Protects Your Home: Excess moisture can damage walls, furniture, and electronics. A dehumidifier helps prevent this by maintaining a healthy humidity level.

Choosing the Right Dehumidifier

Give us a call at Superior Heating and Cooling and we can help you select the right dehumidifier for your home. We will take into account the size of your home, the level of humidity you’re dealing with, as well as your budget.

Superior Heating and Cooling: Your Partner in Comfort

At Superior Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to helping you achieve optimal comfort in your home year-round. Our expert technicians can recommend the best dehumidifier for your needs and ensure it’s properly installed for maximum efficiency. We also offer a variety of air conditioning services to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.

So, don’t let humidity steal your summer joy! By implementing these tips and exploring the benefits of a dehumidifier, you can create a cool, dry, and comfortable haven in your home. Contact Superior Heating and Cooling today! Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about dehumidifiers, air conditioners, or any other heating and cooling needs. Breathe easy and enjoy the Montana sunshine!

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