- Keep excess humidity from entering your home. Especially in the rainy South Bay winters, you should keep an eye on the air coming into your home. Seal your house against air leaks – humid air may bring moisture into small cracks and crevices, where mold can thrive.
- Consider whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers. These appliances usually tie into your existing HVAC system (though some are stand-alone), taking advantage of air circulation to provide balanced humidity.
- Use portable systems as needed. A portable or room dehumidifier won't have the power to take care of your entire house, and you'll have to monitor its tank and empty it manually. However, if you have problem spots that are more prone to moisture buildup than the rest of your house – a utility room with a washer and dryer, for example – they can handle that problem area for you.
- Keep in mind that warm air holds more humidity than cold air. This is why air conditioners work to lower your indoor humidity, and why hot, muggy days can be so oppressive.
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Our goal is to help educate our customers in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas of California about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about balanced humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.