When you call Richmond, Virginia, home, you can’t escape the mid-Atlantic region’s humidity. Even if you think you can handle summer’s high temperatures, you might still feel the daily impact of the humidity. From temperature increases to indoor air quality concerns, find out how humidity affects your home’s comfort.

Feel Overheated Indoors

While rising summer temperatures can certainly make you feel overheated, excess humidity can make you uncomfortable, too. When the air holds an excessive amount of moisture, your body has a harder time cooling itself. As a result, you feel hotter even though outdoor air temperatures might only be in the 80s.

Our team understands how uncomfortable high humidity feels. To combat the unpleasant effects of humidity, we recommend turning on your air conditioner at the beginning of summer and relying on it to control indoor humidity levels.

Air Conditioner Works Harder

If you have an older air conditioner, the unit might struggle to keep up with the demands of cooling your home when humidity levels rise. When your air conditioner needs to work harder to keep your home comfortable, the added strain can cause a system breakdown.

To avoid having your air conditioner break down on a hot day, schedule regular AC maintenance. Additionally, change your HVAC system’s air filters often during summer. As a result, you’ll increase operational efficiency and reduce your cooling bills.

Experience Air Quality Issues

Excess humidity can result in indoor air quality issues that affect your health, especially if you’re sensitive to dust, pollen and other allergy triggers. Our team recommends a device such as the Envirowise 70V Dry+ Ventilating Dehumidifier. This unit can be ducted with 100-percent outside air to create an energy-efficient way to meet ventilation needs without contributing moisture to your home’s indoor air.

Don’t feel uncomfortable in your home this summer. Call Atlantic Shores Heating and Cooling at 804-632-8481 to learn about our indoor air quality solutions.

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