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Tips for Reducing Humidity in Your Peachtree City Home This Summer

Tips for Reducing Humidity in Your Peachtree City Home This SummerDo you have humidity issues in your home? If so, you’re not alone. Georgia summers can be extremely muggy, and unless certain measures for reducing humidity are taken, you could end up with excess moisture in the air inside your house. If left unaddressed, it could negatively impact your comfort levels and health, as well as damage your home. Read on to learn how to determine whether you have a humidity problem and how to reduce indoor humidity levels.

Signs That You Need to Reduce Indoor Humidity

When your home has become physically uncomfortable, it’s obvious that you’re struggling with humidity issues. In other instances, though, the signs might not be as obvious. Even if you can’t feel the excess moisture, it can cause serious issues. Be aware of any water stains, mold or mildew growth on walls and ceilings, as well as musty odors. Water condensation on windows can also be a key indicator. Even allergies can indicate humidity troubles.

Tips for Reducing Indoor Humidity 

Try these suggestions for reducing humidity levels within your home:

  • Adjust fan settings: Is your fan constantly set to “on”? If so, air is being blown across a wet coil when the condenser cycles off. This will re-humidify your house.
  • Vent outdoors: If you don’t already use bathroom and kitchen vents, they should be installed. All vents, including dryer vents, should vent to the outdoors.
  • Use dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers are helpful for reducing excess moisture in problem areas.
  • Seal leaks: Sealing air leaks and leaky ducts will help lower humidity levels throughout the whole home.
  • Make upgrades: Those with serious humidity problems might want to consider investing in a new air conditioning system with a variable-speed air handler. When choosing a new system, make sure your HVAC contractor properly sizes it for cooling and humidity control. You might also want to think about installing a whole-house dehumidifier.

For more practical tips and advice on reducing humidity in your home, contact the professionals at Powers Heating and Air. We offer home comfort solutions to residents of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Do You Know the Advantages of an Attic Fan?

Do You Know the Advantages of an Attic Fan?On a hot day in Peachtree City, few things are more inviting than a comfortable, air conditioned home. But, while you’re enjoying the cool air in your living area, your attic is a steaming oven. Your attic has a passive ventilation system—but when it’s hot out, the temperature is still intolerable. Adding active ventilation will keep your attic cooler, which can lower your energy bills and extend the life of your home’s roof and your air conditioner.

Here are three advantages of an attic fan:

  1. An attic fan regulates the temperature of your attic, which reduces the load on your air conditioner. Along with correct insulation in your ceiling, an attic fan will keep your living areas up to 10 degrees cooler—that’s 10 less degrees for your A/C to cool. Also, if you install a solar-powered attic fan, you don’t even need to pay for the electricity to run it.
  2. As mentioned, one of the advantages of an attic fan is that it keeps your home cooler. That means you won’t need to turn your A/C on as early in the season, which will save plenty on your energy bill. It’s certainly not a replacement for an A/C during the hot Georgia summer, but along with ceiling fans, it will make the spring and fall bearable without expensive air conditioning.
  3. An attic fan is useful all year round. Excess moisture is the enemy of your roof, and an attic fan exhausts the humid air from showering and cooking from your home. This keeps mold, frost and ice from forming in your attic. More important, it will keep the rafters and roof decking from rotting from excess moisture.

Installing an attic fan isn’t complicated, if you’re comfortable with a saw and your home’s electrical system you can do it yourself in an afternoon. Attic fans come in different configurations, some mount directly in front of your home’s gables, while others mount on the roof. And, they can come with or without a thermostat.

If you’re too busy for do-it-yourself projects, contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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