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Ask F.H. Furr: My house is always sticky and hot, is there a solution?

Question submitted by Jordan B. of Great Falls, VA

Jordan, as we enter the summer months, we foresee our homes become the hangout for family cook-outs, get-togethers for the kids, and the usual area of relaxation that we strive for them to be. But if the air inside the house is sticky and hot, turning the Air Conditioning down low, as some would suggest, is an expensive solution. You want to know how you can make your home cooler without bumping up the A/C? We’ve got the solution for your sticky, stifling home.

You don’t have to go to extremes to get cool air that isn’t stuffy in your home! You can maintain your home’s indoor air quality by installing a Whole Home Dehumidifier! Many homeowners don’t realize that excessive humidity can cause their homes to feel more uncomfortable than they should. Managing the humidity level in your home can help you maintain a cool, even, temperature.

The ideal level of humidity in the home is 45%. During the summer, this percentage jumps due to the high levels of humidity in the Northern Virginia area. Ignoring excessive humidity in your house and opting to turn up the A/C will cause your utility bills to soar. When you install a Dehumidifier, it regulates the air, creating a more balanced environment while minimizing contaminants like mold and mildew.

Dehumidifiers eliminate that clammy feeling that you get when your home is overly humid, you’ll find that there’s a noticeable difference in the way you feel. Dehumidifiers work to minimize stifling moisture without having to lower your home’s temperature. This means using your cooling system less and saving more!

Your home might need a whole home dehumidifier if:

  • You see condensation on the window, mirrors and cold drinks
  • You notice more insects than usual in your home
  • Wood floors, trim, or furniture warp or rot
  • You experience abnormal sweating or high indoor temperatures
  • Bedding feels moist
  • Skin feels sticky and clammy
  • Rooms smell musty

Jordan, have one of our trained technicians come out to your home and assess your humidity levels. They’ll be able to give you advice and options on how to cool your home efficiently, and let you know if a dehumidifier is right for you! To learn more, give us a call! We’re always here to answer your plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical needs!

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