What feels hotter than a blistering summer day? A humid blistering summer day! When the moisture level in the air climbs, it makes it harder for your body to release heat through sweating, and consequently you will feel hotter than you would in a drier climate. Because Santa Monica sits at the edge of the ocean, we often experience more humid summer days than the inland cities to our east, and this results in needing to run our air conditioners more and paying higher electrical bills. Although air conditioners remove some moisture from the air along with the heat they absorb, this often isn’t enough to overcome an extremely muggy day.
Here are some methods you can use to reduce your home’s humidity for better comfort and energy savings. For additional help with home cooling and air conditioning in Santa Monica, CA this summer, call JW Heating & Air. We offer full installation, repair, and maintenance services to help keep you cooled down.
Some Ways You Can Lower Indoor Humidity
- Avoid moisture-generating activities during the day: Make sure that you aren’t contributing to the moisture level in your home with activity that uses too much water and heat. Take hot showers only in the mornings or evenings. Do not run the dishwasher machine or the laundry machine if possible. Avoid cooking with water in the kitchen.
- Turn off the AC fan off when it is not cooling: It’s tempting to run the fan of an air conditioner when the unit is not in cooling mode as a way to circulate air through a house. However, air circulation won’t help with humidity. Your AC fan may make the situation worse by blowing air across the moist evaporator coil, thus re-circulating the moisture the air conditioner absorbed during cooling mode. You can set the fan to “automatic” so it turns off when the compressor does. For air circulation, consider installing ceiling fans to make up for shutting down the AC fan.
- Install a whole-house dehumidifier: You can help your air conditioner control humidity with professional installation of a whole-house dehumidifier. This is the best step to take if the humidity in your home is extreme and starting to cause damage to your furnishings and creating health troubles. Contact indoor air quality specialists to arrange for installation, as well as the necessary regular maintenance to keep the humidifier working.
At JW Heating and Air, we take pride in our services for indoor air quality. We offer installation of dehumidifiers (as well as humidifiers if you have trouble with excessively dry air) along with our work on air conditioning systems in Santa Monica, CA. Call our NATE-certified technicians today to find out what they can do to increase your comfort this summer.