March has arrived which means Spring is on the way! In the South, we tend to experience spring like temperatures and dampness earlier than others so we wanted to go ahead and get some information to you about controlling humidity in your home. Things start to get extra damp and sticky as temperatures rise, which can not only make your home uncomfortable, it can cause mold and other damage. If you notice signs of extra moisture in your home, check the tips below for help:

Air Conditioner: While the main function of an air conditioner is to control temperature, they can also help to keep a good balance of moisture in your air. A little history lesson: The first modern electrical air conditioner was created for the purpose of controlling humidity in a publishing company to prevent the paper from expanding and help the ink to dry faster.

Ventilation: Cooking, doing laundry, dishwashing and showering are just a few of the activities that create humidity in our homes. Running ventilation fans in the kitchen and bath areas can greatly reduce the overall amount of damp air. If fans are not an option, opening windows will also assist in drying out the air.

Crawl Space and Basement Control: There is a chance the humidity levels in your home are too high because of your basement or crawl space situation. The dampness from these areas can spread upward into the rest of your home. A good fan or in some cases the installation of a sump pump in this area can greatly reduce humidity.

Dehumidifier: The surest way to remove extra moisture is to use a dehumidifier. Many common allergy triggers, especially dust mites, mold, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. If you have excess humidity, a dehumidifier is an easy way to make your home less hospitable to these allergens.

Balance is important when is comes to the humidity level in your home. Both too much or too little can become problematic. Contact Anchor with any questions you may have or for more information, (770) 942-2873.

 

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