Keeping Your Home Cool in Summer’s High Humidity

Keeping Your Home Cool in Summer’s High Humidity

Summer in Dayton, OH, brings the miserable duo of high heat and humidity. Homes feel sticky and warm. Condensation may appear on the inside of windows or walls. Fuel bills skyrocket as HVAC systems work harder.

Your air-conditioner performs a dual function: (1) blow cool, conditioned air into your home, AND (2) remove moisture. Rising humidity may divert more of your air-conditioner’s power to battling moisture. 

Comfort is compromised.

Lisa Crosley, Lifestyle Comfort Solutions’ President, discusses what you need to know to stay calm, cool, and collected during Dayton’s Summer heat.

What Causes Humidity Problems?

  • Improper Equipment Sizing. In the world of comfort, bigger is not always better. An oversized air-conditioner won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air. Oversizing is one of the biggest mistakes HVAC companies make, creating more problems than it solves.
  • Aging, less efficient equipment. Modern cutting-edge cooling systems are light years ahead of equipment manufactured even a few years ago.  Depending on the age of your equipment replacement may be a smarter investment than footing the bill for a major repair. Planned replacement before equipment breakdown offers savvy homeowners enhanced comfort, cost-savings, and time to explore best choices.
  • Lack of Maintenance. A regular, seasonal check of your cooling equipment is critical.  It’s never to late for a cooling check.  Enjoying the added benefits of a MyLifestyle! Maintenance Agreement is the smartest choice.

How Can You Control High Humidity?

  • Regular filter changes. Follow manufacturer directions.  You may need a filter change as often as once a month. Think of your cooling system like you do your car.  Even the newest, most expensive cars need regular oil changes for protection and performance. Your cooling system needs regular filter changes.
  • Set It! Forget it!  Don’t try to outsmart your cooling system.  Keep windows and doors closed, even in the cool of the morning and evening.  Set your thermostat to your desired comfort level. 
  • Leave the system alone! Homes which remain conditioned 24/7 remain more comfortable in Dayton’s peak heat times between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  A system which runs continually costs less to operate in the long run.
  • Consider a dehumidifier.  Ideal indoor humidity ranges from 40%-60% year-round.  Talk to the experts at lifestyle Comfort Solutions to learn more about mechanical dehumidification.

Whether you live in Dayton, Beavercreek, Centerville, Oakwood, Kettering, Fairborn, Springboro, or other Dayton communities, Lifestyle Comfort Solutions is your trusted partner—creating homes and workplaces which are comfortable, safe, healthy, and energy efficient.