It’s summer in Texas which means two things: the temperature is climbing and so are the humidity levels. In East Texas, average summer humidity sits well above 90%. As you work to stay cool until colder weather arrives, just how does your home stay free of the excess moisture in the air outside? It all comes down to your AC unit, which works overtime during these hot months to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. So how does that extra work and humidity affect your AC unit? The extra strain can actually decrease its lifespan. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to be sure this doesn’t happen.

Steps To Reduce Humidity In Your Home

Not only does humid air decrease your AC’s lifespan, it also can increase the amount of pathogens in the air as well. Taking the following precautions to reduce the moisture in your home can keep your family healthy and your AC running smoothly:

● Take colder and shorter showers.
● Keep your downspouts and gutters clean and angled to help direct water away from your house.
● Use fans to increase ventilation, especially in your kitchen and bathroom(s).
● Forgo your electric dryer and hang dry your clothes on a line if possible.
● Don’t overwater your houseplants and if possible, move them outside during the summer months.
● Cover your pots and pans with a lid while cooking.

Consider a Dehumidifier

Not that you know how humidity affects your AC unit, the last and most important step you can take to decrease the humidity in your home and maintain the lifespan of your AC unit is to invest in a whole home dehumidifier. The Envirowise Indoor Dehumidifier from Trane not only extracts moisture from the air, but protects your home from mold, mildew and other harmful pathogens.

Get In Touch

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a dehumidifier, or simply need HVAC service, give us a call today. Our experienced team here at Long AC can walk you through the best steps in reducing the moisture in your home or assist you in finding the best solution to your home comfort needs. To get in touch, visit longac.com/contact or call (936) 756-5645.