How to Control Humidity to Limit Mold
High indoor humidity can be hard to control. Often people use their air conditioners to remove moisture from their home since it already happens as a by-product of cooling. However dehumidification is not the primary purpose of an air conditioner. An air conditioner runs off of a thermostat which only senses temperature not humidity levels.
When it is hot and humid outside and you run your AC all day, an air conditioner works fine to remove humidity. But if it is not hot enough to run your AC, the humidity levels outside may still be high enough to be uncomfortable and consequently the humidity level in your home is high too. It might be rainy and cool outside, wet enough to be humid but not hot enough to run your air conditioner.
- It only takes between four and six pints of water to raise the humidity level of a 1,000 square feet from 15% to 60%.
- The number of people in your home will affect the humidity level since one person breathing can produce up to 1/4 cup of water in and hour.
- Some mold can grow when the relative humidity level is above 50%. Most molds like relative humidity above 60-70%.
You should have a hygrometer in you home to measure the temperature and relative humidity. Ideal relative humidity is 40-50%.
And if you are in Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood or any of the the surrounding communities, talk to us about humidity control. If you are not sure if you fall in our service area, check out our service area page or request service online for more information.