Controlling Humidity During a Sticky Virginia Summer

Humidity word written on wet window. High level of dampness in apartment.

Like the old saying goes, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. And we have plenty of that here in the Roanoke region, which is classified as being in a humid subtropical climate zone. If your home is too humid even with your air conditioner cranking along, the Roanoke air conditioning experts at Southern Trust Home Services are here to solve your problems.

When looking for the causes of humidity, you have to think about the interaction of your home’s walls and windows with how often and how long your air conditioner runs. If your home isn’t sealed correctly because of ill-fitting doors and windows, you’re letting in heat and humidity. Young children who leave the doors open when running in and out to play can also make your air conditioner struggle. The best way to save energy and money on your air conditioning costs is to plug the holes. Consider adding insulation and making sure that windows and doors seal tightly.

Make sure your HVAC system is correctly sized for the place. Air conditioners remove humidity when water vapor condenses on the cold indoor coil and drains out. An oversized air conditioner drops the temperature too quickly and then shuts off before the equipment has been able to wring all the humidity out of the air. 

Have your systems serviced regularly to make sure that the evaporator coil is clean. That helps it remove moisture more efficiently. Ask your Southern Trust Home Services expert if lowering the fan speed will improve dehumidification. Also, the service technician should check the refrigerant charge to make sure that you have the correct amount in your system.

Make sure your ductwork is not leaky or clogged. We offer air duct services that can ensure that air is flowing the way it should through both your supply and return air ducts.

In extreme cases, you can consider whole-house, high capacity dehumidifiers that are separate from your air conditioner. Some of these units are installed in your home’s ductwork, while others are portable. One last thought — always use the bathroom exhaust fan when showering.

As the Roanoke air conditioning leader, we will never sell you something that you don’t need, and our upfront pricing means you won’t pay more than the price you agreed to when the job was started.

If you’re ready to learn more about our air conditioning services or about controlling problem humidity in your home, contact Southern Trust today or call (540) 343-4348 for more information.

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