“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
These are words that we have probably all heard before. While high humidity levels can make a hot summer day feel 10 degrees warmer, they can also take a toll on our homes. Here are just a few ways that high humidity can impact your home:
Humidity can damage the wood in your home.
Wood surfaces are prone to warping, distorting, and rotting when the humidity levels are too high. This is because the excess moisture in the air can penetrate the wood. This includes any wood floors, walls, furniture, and framework in your home.
High humidity increases the wear-and-tear on your cooling system.
One of the primary responsibilities of your air conditioner – other than lowering the temperature – is keeping humidity levels in check. High humidity makes your cooling system work harder, which in turn leads to higher energy bills and more frequent breakdowns.
Humidity leads to mold growth.
Mold can grow virtually anywhere that moisture is present. Mold doesn’t just compromise the structural integrity of your home, it can also affect the health of your family and rack up thousands of dollars worth of damage.
High humidity can make your home uncomfortable.
As mentioned before, high humidity can make the temperature feel significantly warmer than it actually is. Humidity, not heat, is responsible for that stuffy, sticky feeling that we never want to experience in our homes.
For residents of Virginia, high humidity is no stranger. If you are suffering from excess humidity in your home, trust the experts at Air Treatment Company to help keep you comfortable. We offer a variety of air conditioning and dehumidifying solutions to homes and businesses in the Fairfax County area. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (703) 270-0881.