Managing the humidity in your home with a central air conditioner can be important for both health and comfort. Most central air solutions do not have additional humidity features, and an air conditioner in a home that does have too much humidity can become dangerous. Simply turning up the air conditioner isn't usually a solution, and even just getting a dehumidifier may not be enough to change the humidity of the entire home.
Get a Central Humidifier/Dehumidifier Solution Installed
Ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 dollars, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can be directly installed within your central air conditioning system. This has a very clear benefit: it will be one contained system and it will react automatically to adjust your environment to your preferences. Humidity controls are usually less expensive if they are added with the initial central air installation.
Keep the Air Circulating Within Your Home
Make sure that you have your home's fans on to circulate the air in your home. Air that is sitting is often air that will maintain a higher level of humidity. Additionally, circulating the air with ceiling fans and standing fans will also ensure that your central air system works more effectively.
Improve Your Property's Insulation
Insulating both doors and windows can help significantly if the humidity may be entering your home from outside. You may also want to pay attention to the insulation between your home and your attic, as this can be broken or degraded by pests such as insects and rodents. Keeping your doors and windows closed may be advisable during periods of more significant humidity.
Keep Laundry Rooms and Bathrooms Contained
Both laundry rooms and bathrooms can adversely affect the central air system. Laundry rooms, especially those that don't vent outside, will build both heat and humidity -- as will bathrooms, following a hot shower or bath. It's often best to keep the doors and central air vents closed and to air out these rooms through the use of a window or an exterior door, until both temperature and humidity has normalized.
In humid areas, air conditioners of all types can breed mold and bacteria, so they do need to be cleaned out on a regular basis. You should consult with your local HVAC contracting company like W.F. Hann & Sons to find out more about how to properly clean and maintain your air conditioning system. Humidity isn't just an issue of comfort. High humidity can also lead to physical illness, such as lung issues.