Damp spring weather is good for Ohio flowers, but it can cause problems in our homes. Indoor air quality in particular can suffer from increased dampness and humidity.
Spring Weather and IAQ
We all love the changes that warmer weather brings in Ohio, but along with it come an increase in pollen, and an upsurge in allergic reactions and certain types of respiratory attacks. Furthermore spring showers, can cause the relative humidity in our homes to climb past the suggested 50 percent level. When humidity exceeds 50 percent, you are more likely to notice problems, like:
- Damp, sticky, uncomfortable feeling in the home
- Musty odors
- Presence of fungus, mold and mildew
Another common problem with increased rainfall may be the development of moisture leaks through the roof, as well as dampness entering the home through the foundation. Also, as the weather warms up, high humidity in your home can make you feel warmer, leading to the need to turn the air conditioner down and cool off, or to dry out the humidity.
Containing High Humidity
You can’t do anything about the rain, but you can control the effects of high humidity in your home. Here are some steps to take:
- Change your air filter. A dirty air filter will slow down air flow, causing your air conditioner to dehumidify the home inefficiently.
- Schedule spring HVAC maintenance. Ask your technician to make sure the coils are clean. This will help keep humidity levels down. The technician should also check the condensate drain, to make sure it’s free of obstructions. A plugged-up condensate drain can boost humidity levels.
- Fix plumbing and ceiling leaks. Fix leaks in the roof. Also, fix any dripping faucets and leaking pipes. These contribute to higher humidity.
- Install exhaust ventilation. Exhaust excess humidity in the bathroom and kitchen to the outdoors with a ventilation system.
- Consider adding a dehumidifier. If your relative humidity is still high, ask your HVAC consultant about adding either a whole-house dehumidifier, or a portable one.
For more on improving indoor air quality this spring, contact Detmer and Sons of Dayton.