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Why is My House So Humid?

Posted by William Sherk
William Sherk

humidity

Summer is here, and you’ve kicked your air conditioner into high gear. It runs all day and all night, pumping a steady stream of air through your vents. So, why do you feel so gross and sticky all of the time?

Sounds like a humidity problem.

A comfortable humidity range for a home is between 30 and 50 percent, but there are several reasons why your home might be feeling muggier than that. Common causes of high indoor humidity include:

  • Wrong-sized air conditioner that’s cycling too frequently to control temperature and moisture levels; 
  • Old air conditioner that has lost efficiency and can no longer handle the cooling load;
  • Poor ventilation system pulling muggy air from outside into the building;
  • Improper thermostat setting turned to FAN ON instead of AUTO, causing the AC fan to blow constantly, instead of just during the cooling cycle;
  • Household activities such as cooking and running the clothes dryer throughout the day can also contribute to high humidity.

As you can see, in order to remedy most of these issues, you need to call for professional AC repairs in Forest Lake, MN, and the surrounding region. The team here at Neighborhood has a number of potential solutions at our disposal, including replacing your air conditioner, examining your ventilation system, or installing a whole-house humidifier that balances the moisture in your indoor air. 

What happens if you don’t reach out for help and just let the problem fester? This infographic highlights a few of the key side effects of high indoor humidity.

Neighborhood 2020 Infographic for Blog

Other than feeling less-than-refreshed while relaxing in your home, how can you tell if you have a humidity problem? 

  • Condensation on the windows
  • Water stains on the walls or ceiling
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Warped floors
  • The smell of mold
  • Increased allergy symptoms, headaches, coughing or wheezing

If you notice any warning signs we’ve covered in this blog, reach out to Neighborhood and have one of our Sauk Rapids indoor air quality experts come out and assess the situation. Summertime here in the St. Cloud area is tough to stomach when you can’t get comfortable in your air-conditioned home, and during a global pandemic, you definitely don’t want to shrug off HVAC issues that could make your living space unhealthy for your family. Contact us for more information about humidity control or schedule an appointment for air conditioning service here on our website right now!

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