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Why Is My Home So Humid?

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Is it hot, sticky, and generally uncomfortable in your home? Does it feel as though your bath towels never dry? Or your carpets and bedding is damp? High humidity in the home can be detrimental for numerous reasons, from increased risk of mold growth to damp spots on the bathroom and kitchen floors. You may find that cooling is not enough during the summer if your home is humid. Fortunately, there are aftermarket options that can give you control over the humidity in your home. In today’s post, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning would like to offer some potential reasons why your home is so humid. Call us for any concerns you may have with your air conditioning system in Rocky River, OH. We can find a solution to your problem.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why your home is so humid:

  • Lack of ventilation. So long as it is muggy outside, you may expect to find it to be so in your home as well, but if it unusually muggy indoors, then you may want to consider ventilating your home. An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) makes a great addition to any whole-house HVAC solution. One of the downsides to opening up the windows and doors to your home is that you are then cooling the outdoor air, something no AC can handle. This leads to higher energy costs, in addition to inadequate cooling. An ERV ventilates your home, but uses the thermal energy of your stale air to partially cool incoming air before it reaches the system. This helps to reduce the cost of bring hot air to cooling temperature.
  • AC fails to dehumidify. Part of the natural process of the cooling cycle is dehumidification. As warm indoor air interacts with the cool, liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coil, some of the water vapor in the air condenses and this drips into the condensate drain pipe. This dehumidification is part of the cooling process, but if your refrigerant is low or your evaporator coil is frozen, then it simply won’t work as it should.

There are various reasons why your home could be humid. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your Rocky River, OH air conditioning needs.

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