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The EPA recommends keeping the humidity level inside your home between 30 and 60 percent. Because Rome, GA, is a humid place, you should monitor your home’s humidity throughout the summer to make sure it doesn’t get too high. Poor humidity levels are damaging to your health and home. This article shows you ways you can determine the right humidity level for your home.

The Damaging Effects of Too Much Humidity

Excessive humidity increases your risk of heat-related illnesses during the summer. Sweat has a more difficult time leaving your body when humidity is too high. High humidity makes it more difficult to breathe, a problem especially noticeable for those who have asthma, allergies or another respiratory health concern.

Too much moisture in the air reduces indoor air quality by encouraging microorganism growth, dust mites and pest infestations. All of these issues not only decrease indoor comfort but also put your health more at risk.

Even as an adult, you can develop allergies and other respiratory health problems. Germs from microorganism growth and pest infestations can make you fall sick more often.

Maintenance Helps Control Humidity

You can prevent humidity problems by scheduling HVAC maintenance twice a year. The best time to schedule maintenance is spring because you’ll soon need to rely on your AC system to stay comfortable inside the house.

Scheduling maintenance before you turn on your AC system for the year gives you confidence it’ll work correctly. The dirt build-up from the cold season will be cleaned out to ensure efficient operation throughout summer.

Air conditioners help reduce humidity in your home, which is why maintenance helps control humidity. When your AC system begins having problems from lack of maintenance, it may cause higher humidity levels in your home.

Humidity Increases Energy Costs

The thermostat set point needs to be set lower the more humidity increases in your home. Your energy use significantly increases with just one degree change in your thermostat’s set point.

Keeping your home’s humidity level between 30 and 60 percent will keep your energy bills low as long as the AC system isn’t in need of repair and has received its annual maintenance. We offer reliable AC maintenance and air conditioner repair services.

Contact Pendley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today for AC maintenance service. By doing so, you’ll help prevent excessive humidity in your home.

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