Hot & Humid Air Quality Problems
Respiratory Issues: Too much humidity can cause mold, increase allergens, and lead to potential illness.
Damage to Property: In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, mold can potentially cause structural damage to the house and/or valuable possessions.
Discomfort and Heat Stroke: High heat combined with high humidity can make it difficult for the body to cool itself, and even lead to heat stroke if conditions are extreme enough.
Poor Cooling Efficiency and High Energy Bills: Your air conditioner is working overtime, but your home never seems to stay cool.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Monitor Indoor Conditions with Humidity and Temperature Sensors: Strategically place sensors in key rooms, as well as traditional humidity problem areas like basements and attics. As an added option you can check the air coming out of vents, check for leaks and drafts, as well as compare indoor conditions to outdoor temperature and humidity. If relative humidity rises above the EPA's recommended range of 30-60%, take action by making home repairs (such as replacing weather stripping), utilizing a dehumidifier, and/or air conditioner as needed. In addition, try to maintain an indoor temperature around 68° Fahrenheit.
Note: If you've taken corrective action and symptoms of high humidity and heat persist, professional care may be necessary. This could include seeing a doctor, having a home inspected for mold, having your home's cooling system serviced, etc.