Humidity matters, too.
The hotter it is outside, the harder and longer your air conditioning system has to work to battle the heat inside
your home. But, did you know that your home’s interior
humidity level is an important factor, too? If it’s too high, it not only can make you feel sticky and the air seem muggy, but also can lead to moisture-related problems in your home, mold growth, and health problems for those who are sensitive. The ideal humidity for your home is between 45% and 55%.
What can you do?
- Don’t set your AC thermostat to the “fan on” position. If you do, the fan will run constantly, even when your cooling system isn’t. It will blow the moisture your system just took out of the air, back in.
- Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to remove moisture after a hot shower or when cooking. Just remember to turn them off. Otherwise, you’ll waste energy as the vents pull your home’s conditioned air to the outside.
- Make sure your dryer is exhausted directly outdoors to eliminate humidity and heat.
- Close doors and windows, and seal leaks around them, to keep outside humidity from seeping in.
- Invest in an energy-efficient, variable-speed heat pump system when you’re ready to replace your AC. This new technology is better for removing humidity from your home. These systems run longer at lower speeds, which is more energy-efficient and effective at controlling humidity.
About 50% of the typical home’s energy bill is due to heating and cooling costs. For lower bills, GVEC Home recommends installing variable-speed heat pump systems. They’re designed to run longer at lower speeds, which improves energy efficiency and your home’s comfort level.
Learn more about a variable speed system or call to get an estimate from GVEC Home today. Our Member Services Advisors can also assist you with a FREE in-home energy audit to help find ways to increase your home’s efficiency. Call us at 800.328.0630 or go to www.GVECACService.com to see our specials.