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Keeping your air conditioner running during the summer months to keep your home cool can cause a significant increase in your energy costs. Unfortunately, high humidity levels make it even harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your living space.

Learn about the effects of excessive indoor humidity from Stone Heating and Air, one of the most trusted home heating companies.

What High Humidity Can Do to Your Home

High levels of humidity can cause discomfort, health problems and property damage. In addition, the warm, damp air will make you feel warmer. Lowering the thermostat does aid in keeping your home cool and dry, but doing so also means higher utility bills.

Excessively humid conditions are the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can affect your indoor air quality and trigger allergies or asthma. Furthermore, too much moisture in the air can cause your home’s structure to deteriorate, as well as paint and furnishings.

You may also have trouble sleeping due to high humidity levels. Your doors and windows will stick, and your indoor plants are more likely to die. Experts suggest keeping indoor humidity below 60 percent in the warmer months. When it comes to your home’s cooling needs, you can count on Stone Heating and Air, one of your leading HVAC companies.

How to Manage Your Home’s Humidity

A ceiling fan can help with indoor air circulation. Use your dishwasher and do laundry at night. Make sure your dryer is vented outdoors so it won’t contribute as much indoor heat. Take this summer as an opportunity to use your outdoor grill or BBQ pit, and remember to run the exhaust fans whenever you cook or take a shower. You can also use a dehumidifier or place humidity-absorbing plants such as Boston fern or English ivy around your house.

Keep surfaces dry and fix all leaky pipes or faucets. Regularly change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner. Make sure to keep the doors closed when you’re using your AC.

As one of your most trusted air conditioning companies, Stone Heating and Air only installs HVAC products that will help ensure your year-round comfort. We offer heating and cooling units, whole home comfort evaluations, duct sealing services and more. Call us at (541) 203-2399 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.