In humid climates controlling indoor humidity levels might be necessary.
Why it matters: Relative Humidity (RH) levels above 55% create conditions for mold growth and dust mites.
- Humidity also damages common building materials like wood and sheetrock.
🖼️ The big picture: Newer air conditioners — variable speed AND higher SEER — use less energy and need to run for less time than older units.
- BUT shorter run time means less time to pull moisture out of the air.
🥊 The bottom line: Adding a dehumidifier might be your only option.
- You can focus on a room or area like a bedroom, bathroom or crawl space.
- Or you can add a whole home dehumidifier.
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- Start with getting good information. 3 options include smart thermostats, temperature/dehumidifier sensors and indoor air quality sensors.
- Consider experimenting with a room dehumidifier like this one.
- Consult with an HVAC company that installs whole home dehumidifiers.