Why Your Home Humidity Level Is so High

If it constantly feels sticky and uncomfortable in your home and your towels seem to never dry properly, then that means your home humidity level is too high. While this problem can occur for many reasons, one of the most common is that you’re having some sort of issue with your air conditioning system. It’s very important that you have this addressed because you could be susceptible to mold and mildew growth, which will not only be unsightly, of course, but could also lead to health concerns.

Why it Happens

The outdoor temperature obviously has a lot to do with your home humidity level. When it’s colder outside you should have less humidity inside, and when it’s warmer it will be more humid in your home. While a certain amount of humidity is normal when it’s warm, when you see condensation on your inside pipes you need to take action. Here are two of the main reasons this problem occurs:

  • Improper ventilation – You could have an issue with your home’s ventilation system. Not only will this lead to an increased home humidity level, it will also cause your energy bills to be higher than normal because your cooling system is having to work too hard. Have your ducts checked to see if obstructions are causing the problem.
  • Lack of air conditioning refrigerant – Your air conditioner should do a good job of dehumidifying your home if it was sized properly, but you could have a lack of refrigerant in your system. Also, your evaporator coil may be frozen, which would also not allow your AC to do a proper job of dehumidification.

You should call a professional with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Elk Grove to check both your ductwork and your cooling system to get to the root of your home humidity level problem and fix it. Contact us online or call us at (847) 744-9447 to schedule an appointment.

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