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3 Ways to Save on Summer Cooling by Controlling Humidity

Summer heat and humidity have arrived in Murrells Inlet, and your utility bill shows it. One way to help lower costs in the summer months is to keep the humidity level in your home low.

Lowering humidity keeps the air inside more comfortable and will deter your need to lower the temperature on the AC even more. Since your cooling system works in part by cooling air and in part by reducing humidity, it won’t have to work nearly as hard if you help keep humidity at a reasonable level.

Control Moisture Release

There are many simple ways that you can keep humidity low in your home. Have everyone in the house take short, cool showers to reduce the amount of warm, moist air escaping the bathroom. Check for leaking pipes under sinks and around appliances. Insulate pipes with pool noodles or pipe sleeves to prevent condensation. Avoid stove-top cooking, and cover pots and pans when using the stove. Also, cover aquariums to avoid moisture leaching into the air.

Ventilation and Circulation

Use ceiling and box fans to keep air moving inside and help with evaporation.  Keep exhaust fans, the range hood, and dryer vent clean and open to help get humid air outside. Dry clothes on a clothes line if possible or make sure your dryer vent leads outside and is clean and clear.

Use Your Cooling System

If your AC system has humidity settings, change the setting to below 50 percent. Make sure to have your system serviced annually and keep the filter clean.

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve tried these quick tricks and your home still feels sticky and gross, it’s time to call in the big guns. Give the experts at Air Doctor Services, Inc. in Murrells Inlet a call at 843-305-8824 today. We offer indoor air analyzing services, air treatments, and dehumidifiers, along with heating and cooling installation and repair.

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