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What Kinds of Problems Can High Humidity Cause?


While living with high humidity levels is simply a part of everyday life here in Florida, the fact of the matter is that high humidity levels within one’s home can lead to a number of different problems. Because we run our home cooling systems so much throughout the year, and because these systems do dehumidify the air somewhat as part of their basic operation, many people mistakenly believe that no further action is necessary. However, it is important to remember that air conditioners are not dehumidifiers, and that dehumidification is not a primary goal of your AC. That is why you may want to use a whole-house dehumidifier in Tampa, FL. Contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to learn more.

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Issues Stemming from High Humidity

We’ve all heard the proclamations that it’s not the heat, but rather the humidity, making us so uncomfortable. There is some truth in this, of course, as very humid air can make it very difficult for sweat to evaporate. This evaporation of sweat is the body’s natural way of cooling itself down, so the inability to do so does indeed make us more uncomfortable than we’d be in a nice, dry heat. However, discomfort is really only one of a number of problems that high humidity levels can lead to.

A major concern in very humid homes is the proliferation of biological pollutants, which can make people sick and aggravate allergies and/or respiratory issues. Mold is one such pollutant, and is not something that you want to encounter in your home. A dehumidifier won’t get rid of existing mold, mind you, but can help to prevent the conditions in which mold and other such pollutants can thrive.

Of course, this is not the only way in which your property can suffer due to high humidity levels. You may also find that there is wood rot in your home, and that wallpaper is peeling away from the walls. Wooden fixtures may also warp considerably. By drying out your air effectively with a whole-house dehumidifier, you can live in a more healthful, protected environment.