Residents of Longwood, FL are used to dealing with high temperatures in the summertime. Humidity is also a problem in our neck of the woods, and with that mugginess can come a host of problems for your home and family. In many cases, an air conditioner doubles as a dehumidifier, but it can’t always handle the load. Every home is different, and in some cases, you may be doing just fine keeping the humidity at bay. If you aren’t, a whole-house dehumidifier installed by a trained technician could be the best thing for you… but how do you know if you really need one? Luckily, there are some telltale signs that can help you make that determination. Here’s a quick list of some of them for your perusal.
- Your windows fog up. In environments with excess humidity, the windows are apt to collect condensation, starting at the edges and corners and slowly spreading outwards. The condensation will appear on the inside of the windows, forcing you to wipe them off.
- Water stains develop. Excess humidity leads to excess moisture, which can damage your home if you’re not careful., The appearance of water stains in your walls or ceiling means that the moisture problem may have gotten out of hand.
- Musty smells appear. The growth of mold and bacteria often fosters a musty, swampy smell that makes your home feel stale. Mold usually grows in dark places, out of reach, but the smell is a good sign that there’s an issue.
- Mold growth. If the smells aren’t enough, you may be able to spot active growth of mold and bacteria, again in dark or out-of-the-way places, then clearly the trouble has reach a stage where active steps need to be taken.
- Higher bills. Excess humidity makes your air conditioner work harder, since it makes your home feel warmer. If your bills are spiking higher than you’d like every summer, look into a dehumidifier to take the load off.
Call Downtown Air and Heat to install or repair a whole-home dehumidifier.