Summer Brings High Humidity and Indoor Air Quality Issues—Here Are Some Helpful Solutions

The hot, humid Huntsville, Texas, summers make air conditioning a must for indoor comfort. Air conditioners not only cool air, they also remove humidity. If your air conditioner doesn’t adequately control humidity, there are several solutions to make sure that your home or office stays comfortable during the hot months in East Texas.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns

Concern about the environment and energy usage have resulted in constructing tighter building envelopes. Although this reduces drafts, makes rooms more comfortable and lowers energy usage, it also reduces air exchange. Ventilation systems bring in fresh air from outside and expel stale indoor air. Poor ventilation can affect indoor air quality and cause health problems.

During summer months, fresh air contains a lot of moisture, making your air conditioner work harder to remove humidity. Excess humidity makes rooms feel uncomfortable. It also provides a medium for mold growth within the HVAC system and on surfaces within the living space. Mold may aggravate allergies and asthma. High humidity creates an attractive environment for dust mites, fleas and cockroaches.

Ways to Improve Indoor Air

Cleaning the HVAC filter regularly is one of the most important maintenance tasks that a homeowner can do. Dirty filters are the primary reason that HVAC units stop working. Filters prevent airborne pollutants from circulating within the system.

Adding an air purification system can improve the quality of indoor air. Air purification systems include air purifiers, ventilators, ultraviolet lights and dehumidifiers. Your HVAC contractor can evaluate the quality of air in your home and make recommendations that will enhance comfort and improve air quality.

Beckham & Jones Heating and Air Conditioning has provided indoor comfort solutions to residents in the Huntsville area since 1946. Our NATE-certified technicians are at the leading edge of HVAC technology. Carrier’s whole-home dehumidifier can work with your existing air conditioner or as an independent unit. It’s MERV-8 filter keeps mold, dust mites and other particulates from entering your living space.

To find out more about how a dehumidifier can make your indoor environment more comfortable, call (936) 755-4249 to speak to one of our technicians.