High humidity in your home promotes the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites, all of which can irritate those with allergies and cause otherwise healthy people to itch, sneeze and cough, according to an article by The Weather Channel. High humidity can also trigger asthma symptoms from which air conditioning may provide some relief.
An Invisible Threat
Even though you typically can’t see the indoor allergens that thrive in humidity, they are very much alive in the home, growing on your home’s surfaces, carpets and even pillows and mattresses. To grow effectively, these allergens need a warm, humid environment.
In addition to being a threat to your health, high humidity can also be a threat to your home, promoting rot and inviting pests.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control mold in your home, is by controlling the moisture in your home. Air conditioners, dehumidifiers and proper ventilation are key to getting rid of potentially harmful humidity in the home. Pay careful attention to the areas of your home that create the most moisture, such as your bathrooms and showers, and make sure that you have vent fans installed to cut back on this moisture.
Also, remember that humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be installed to work in conjunction with your AC system. Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning even offers electronic air cleaners than can trap and filter up to 98% of pollutants from your home’s heating and cooling system.
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At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners, furnaces and other climate control products. We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. If you are thinking about air conditioning installation, please contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.
March 3, 2016 Update: This article was updated with current information from the EPA
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