Manage the Humidity to Help Beat the Heat
Besides hot temperatures, it’s really the summer humidity that makes the air stuffy and unbearable. We use our air conditioners to help keep ourselves comfortable, but what other things do we need to keep in mind when it comes to keeping humidity at bay? If you don’t know, no sweat -- we’ve got the tips to help manage the humidity during a Minnesota summer!
Get A Dehumidifier
If you are looking to take the humidity out of your home, a dehumidifier is the obvious choice. It can take that sticky feeling out of your house and away from your skin.
“Dehumidifiers are great to supplement an AC, particularly for those mild, humid days,” says Keith Hill, manager, technical support, at Minnesota Air.
And not only does it make you feel more comfortable, but according to Consumer Reports, “humidity levels above 50 percent can breed dust mites, mildew, and mold, which may worsen allergies and asthma.” That makes a dehumidifier a healthy tool, too!
Maintain & Clean Your AC
Of course, an air conditioner works wonders when it comes to managing humidity, but only if you properly maintain it. Make sure to keep the AC unit clean outdoors by removing leaves, dirt, and debris around the unit and spraying it down with a hose – but also remember to keep the indoor unit clean. Replacing filters, cleaning the coil and condensate drain, and getting a professional to look at your HVAC system will keep your AC unit in top shape.
“If it’s not in good working order, with the proper airflow and clean drains, it will not dehumidify properly,” says Keith.
Stop The Steam
To keep humidity away, you also need make sure you’re not contributing to it. Any task that involves steam and hot water is best to avoid or keep to a minimum in the summer. Keith suggests:
- Limit indoor cooking, particularly anything involving boiling water or steam.
- Keep bathing/showering to a minimum, and keep the water temp down.
- If you have one, run the bath exhaust/fan when you bathe.
If you have a clothes dryer, ENERGY STAR says you should make sure it’s properly vented to the outdoors. If the vent is blocked or kinked, any heat generated from drying clothes will need to go somewhere, so could end up back in your house.
Don’t Break Your Home’s Seal
Finally, unless it’s cool and dry outside, its best to keep your windows closed, says Keith. A home that’s properly sealed and has proper ventilation will be your home’s ally in the war against humidity. And that’s one battle your family will be happy to have won before it even begins!
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