Spring is coming — is your HVAC ready to handle the humidity and mold prevention in your Atlanta home? It’s a good idea to have a plan for handling humidity before the hot, humid summer months begin. For maximum indoor comfort and preventing potentially harmful allergens like mold from thriving in your home’s air, most experts recommend an indoor relative humidity level at or below 50 percent.
In Atlanta, an achievable indoor humidity level is closer to 50 to 65 percent. It also depends on the time of the year. Rainy springs and severe storms during hurricane season test our HVAC systems and ability to tolerate humidity and mold risk.
How HVAC Systems Lower Your Home’s Humidity and Mold Risk
An efficient air conditioning system helps remove unwanted moisture in your home. You must also have adequately-sized and installed equipment and ductwork to achieve the best results. Such systems have enough capacity, run times and airflow to pull excess humidity out of your home.
In areas with warm and moist climates for most of the year, extra dehumidification — or removing moisture from the air inside a home — is vital. Doing so helps your home stay comfortable and prevents it from becoming a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
When a licensed HVAC technician installs a custom-designed HVAC system for your home you increase your home’s comfort and indoor air quality. You also save money because the system is more energy efficient.
Why Have a Dehumidifier Installed in Your Atlanta Home?
As mentioned above, many of today’s air conditioners dehumidify air as a means of cooling. While this dehumidification is convenient, you don’t control it. The air conditioner is only removing moisture from your home’s air when it’s running.
Plus, sometimes, it’s so humid in Atlanta it’s more than an air conditioner can handle. Adding a whole-home dehumidifier to your home’s HVAC system allow you to have full control over your home’s humidity level no matter how often you use the air conditioner.
Other reasons to install a dehumidifier in your Atlanta home include:
Allergy Triggers Thrive in Humidity
Many common allergens, such as dust mites, mold and mildew, thrive in humid environments and spaces with limited ventilation around your home. All those particles cause issues for those suffering from allergies or asthma, even in dry climates.
Dehumidifiers create a less hospitable environment for these irritants to flourish, while also reducing the risk of mold developing on your clothing, furniture, curtains or bed linens.
Dehumidifiers Can Save You Money
Want to cut energy costs? Dehumidifiers also help air conditioners run more efficiently. When your home’s air is more humid, your air conditioner works overtime to remove excess moisture.
As a result, your unit wears out sooner. This leads you to replace and repair it more often.
Other Signs You May Need a Dehumidifier
You may also consider hiring a professional to install a dehumidifier if you have any of the following signs of high humidity in your home, including:
- Water stains on the walls or ceilings.
- Must or mildew odors.
- Continual condensation on windows.
- High-humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation. This is especially true in areas like bathrooms without windows or closets connected to bathrooms.
- Small black spots indicative of mold spores growing on walls or in high-humidity areas, such as the bathtub or shower.
Is Your HVAC System Ready to Stand Up to High Humidity and Mold?
If you have concerns about managing humidity levels in your home, a professional inspection of your home’s HVAC system and a free estimate to install a dehumidifier is a wise step.
Contact one of our trusted, professional air quality experts to ensure your system is keeping your home environment healthy and comfortable. We serve home and business owners in Kennesaw and greater Atlanta, including Johns Creek, Fayetteville, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Roswell and more.