Here's why you should be concerned about keeping the indoor humidity controlled in Summer

Humidity is a foe to all! It causes extreme discomfort during the harsh summer of heat. Even worse, humidity in your place brings-in health hazards. The increased and unwanted moisture in the air leads to rot and mould on surfaces causing many health-related issues. Therefore, most of us would like to stay in an air-conditioned room.

Here is why everyone hates humidity in summer

- Hair and humidity can never get along - The clothes get stuck to your body the moment you step outside. - You feel like you need another one right after you get out of the shower. - Crowded subways and elevators. Hope you get the idea!

Can outdoor humidity be controlled?

There isn’t much you can do to avoid outdoor humidity. However, there are some steps you can pursue to maintain a good indoor humidity level (optimal level is between 45-60). This is the responsibility for homeowners and businesses alike to take some crucial steps to minimize summer humidity level in the indoor, so structural and furniture damages along with illness can be prevented to a significant extent.
  • Keep a close eye on humidity and temperature level in your home
  • Properly clean water leaks and sources of water standing in your place 
  • Check for the mouldy smell that is a precursor to fungus growth

How the humidity is removed from indoor?

  • One of the most popular methods to remove indoor humidity is air conditioning. When the air passes out of the coil, the air conditioner is functioned to pull out the unnecessary moisture in it.
  • The other common method is using a dehumidifier that either can be connected to ductwork or stands alone. 
  • HRV is another option to consider, as it is geared towards pushing moisture outside. It works fine with limited moisture. 
  • The most convenient way to keep humidity low is to keep your home surfaces dry. 
  • Certain areas of the home can cause stickiness and humidify your home. Basements, pipes, windows, and attic are the entryways for moisture. 

Damages from summer humidity:

Want to know what else humidity can do to ruin your day? Humidity can cause the following problems which you might not be aware of:

Humidity adversely impact the health

Humidity is a vital component of air quality. However, the presence of high vapour pressures is problematic for human health. In high humidity, people report the symptoms like: - Muscle cramps
- Nasal congestion
- Fatigue
- Headache
- Wheezing
You should never let humidity to linger – the high moisture leads towards the growth of contamination and mould that can cause severe health concerns.

Damaged furniture and d├ęcor:

High humidity can badly impact carpets and paintings and even upholstery can be damaged by the lingering moisture. Woodwork and mouldings are more likely to expand and become damaged in moisture

Damaged electronics:

The high amount of humidity can excel the conductivity of the insulators causing them to wear out prematurely. Moreover, the uncontrolled humidity also leads towards condensation which results in the short circuit of electronic equipment.


Little deeds that will make your Summer beautiful

Little things matters and in fact, at times, it is only the little things that matter. Julia A Carney in her poem Little Things says;

Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,
Make our earth happy,
Like the Heaven above

While everybody is concerned about appliance replacement, upgrading home cooling essentials, doing insulation, cleaning filters etc, and all for their own comfort and ease, what if we talk instead, about doing something that brings comfort and happiness to somebody else? Have you ever thought that even your HVAC choices and the behaviours associated with them can bring a whole lot of positivity and produce a bulk of goodness? This blog is different today and that is because cool people think of cool things; not just for themselves but for others as well.

- Upgrade unit for the sake of the environment 

You might be all okay with your existing Air Conditioner unit which is not energy efficient. It could be an old unit, still comforting your summers but by not being energy efficient, causing a lot of carbon prints. So here goes the first to do; not for yourself but for mother Earth. Upgrade your unit in order to stop the harm that your existing system is causing. The comfort which you will get in return is, of course, your reward for making this kind choice.

- Show some kindness to the technicians 

Kindness costs nothing they say. It certainly does not and yet brings a chain of rewards in multiple forms. When you call a technician for installation, repair, maintenance & tune-up or any other kind of HVAC service, don't forget to show them some love and kindness. Imagine how hard would it be for us to enjoy cool summers and warm winters if these technicians were not there. Show them kindness by offering them a cold drink (as it's hot and they work hard), by appreciating what they do, by assisting them in handing them the tools, by thanking them warmly when they are done etc. When you are inclined to show kindness, you find ways to be as kind as you can in as many ways.

- Do some good for no money | Donate your appliances 

What if your HVAC choices could indirectly help brighten someone else's life? Nope, we aren't talking about the brand owner whose brand you purchase and consequently, make him rich. It's rather about helping someone who is in need of help. Fortunately, there are a number of philanthropic initiatives by the HVAC community to which you can contribute. For example, Philanthro Filters. Philanthro Filter donates a portion of every filter purchased from it for the well being of orphan children across the world. Simply by purchasing filters from such visionary suppliers, you could help someone in needs. Similarly, Lennox has its "Feel The Love" program which installs free of cost heating/cooling appliances at the homes of the needy people and these are offered by the well off homeowners. As you upgrade your home cooling appliances, donate the old appliances to such philanthropic programs.

Life is not all about finding ways to comfort one's own self. It is also about making the most of the opportunities to comfort others. This summer, develop a vision of spreading love and kindness in as many ways as you can. And you, by doing this, will always shine like a star.