Managing Humidity in Your Home

Musty odors, moldy bathrooms and bad indoor allergies can all be signs of high humidity in your home. Most regions have certain months that are higher than normal humidity – for some it is winter, for others summer is the wetter season. Regardless of where you live, keeping humidity under control inside your home can protect your house and health.

What Level of Humidity Is Too High?

Humidity must be the right balance indoors to avoid issues. If there is not enough moisture in the air, your comfort can be affected. Too much moisture and your home becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew that can ruin wood, fabrics, walls and be a detriment to your health. The right humidity balance indoors should be hovering around 35-45%.

To keep your home at the ideal humidity level, you first need to know where it is at now. If you have had problems with mold, mildew or condensation on windows, there is a good chance you have a high humidity problem. A hygrometer can measure your humidity levels – you can buy one or have your local HVAC service perform a humidity test on the air in your home.

If you do have high humidity, you can invest in a dehumidifier that can keep your moisture levels in the right zone. For some homes, only certain areas have humidity issues, like a basement or garage. In those cases, a portable dehumidifier is the best option. For whole home moisture balance, a whole home dehumidifier can be added to your HVAC system to keep your air quality at the ideal moisture levels. Both options can be found through your local HVAC service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426

Signs that You May Need a Dehumidifier in Your Home

Humidity can be an issue, especially in certain regions of the country. The southeast is particularly prone to high humidity, which can affect the comfort and air quality in your home. Humid air is not just uncomfortable, it can cause damage to wood and other materials in your home. Mold can lead to expensive repairs and put your family’s health at risk. Here are a few signs that you may need to lower the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier.

  • Musty smell. The distinct musty smell of mildew is a sign you may have too much humidity in your home. This means there is mold in your home, whether it is hiding in cardboard boxes in the garage or growing in the corners of your bathroom.
  • Condensation on windows. If you notice constant condensation on windows or glass doors in your home, too much humidity may be a problem. This water condensation can ruin the trim and molding around doors and windows; it can also lead to dangerous black mold that can release harmful spores into the air.
  • Mold growth on walls, doors and ceiling is a bad sign. This means the air is humid enough to allow mold to grow on an open surface. Cleaning the mold off the surface is only a temporary fix – you need to control the moisture levels in your home.

If you have any of these signs of humidity or the humidity level in your home is constantly spiking above 50-60%, you should consider adding a whole home dehumidifier to your HVAC system. This can improve your air quality, protecting your home and family.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 340-129
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 475-9555

Is Humidity Making Your Home Unhealthy?

In some parts of the country, humidity is a year-round problem. Summers are hot and sticky, and winters are wet and soggy. All this moisture may keep the grass green and the foliage bright, but it can also cause problems inside your home. Grass and trees are not the only things that love the humidity; mold grows best in a humid environment. Don’t let mold takeover your home and cause an unhealthy place for your family. Reduce humidity with a dehumidifier system.

How do you know if your home is under mold attack? Some signs are obvious, like mold on walls or windows. But often mold hides in areas you can’t see, but the danger and damage it causes is still there. If you have any of these issues in your home, you may have a potential mold issue waiting to happen.

  • Condensation on windows or walls
  • Moldy or musty smells in the home
  • Wet stains on ceiling tiles
  • Warped floor boards
  • Increased allergy issues in your family
  • Hard-to-control bathroom mold

If you have noticed any of these issues in your home, it is time to invest in a dehumidifier for your home. A whole house dehumidifier works with your air conditioning system to keep moisture levels under control. An experienced HVAC service company can test your humidity levels in your home and offer solutions for better moisture control.

Mold can affect your family’s health and cause expensive damage to your home. Don’t let the high humidity make your home unhealthy. Remove the excess moisture with the installation of a new dehumidifier for your home to protect your family and home investment.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Marietta, GA
(770) 475-9564

Importance Of Moisture Levels In Your Home

Your HVAC system may keep your home at the right temperature, but it may not be keeping your home’s air the right level of moisture. Depending on the season and area in which you live, your home may become too high in moisture or too low, both which can have effects on your family’s health. By adding a humidifier or dehumidifier, you can keep the air in your home at a healthy moisture level. 


Many homes can become low in air moisture, especially during the winter months. Furnaces and other heat can add to the dry air, causing sore throats, dry skin and drying out the respiratory system. There are portable humidifiers that can be used to control moisture in a room, but there are also full house humidifiers that can be added to your HVAC system. 


In homes that retain moisture, there is a danger of mold and mildew in some cases. Mold spores can cause many health problems, especially in small children. A dehumidifier reduces the moisture in the air and can eliminate the danger of mold growing in a home. These can also be bought in smaller, portable options or a whole house dehumidification system can be added as an option to your HVAC system to control moisture in the whole house. 

To find out the moisture level in your home, a professional HVAC technician may use a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home. For most homes, a level of 20-40% during the winter and less than 60% during the summer is ideal to keep your home comfortable and healthy. Your local professional can offer options to ensure that your home’s air is always kept at the right moisture level.

Posted on behalf of James Smith, ClimateSmith LLC


Advantages of a Whole House Dehumidifier

The best option to control the humidity levels in your home during the cooling season is a whole house dehumidifier. When your air conditioner cools your home, it also helps dehumidify the air but only when your air conditioner is actually running. However, in humid areas even a central air conditioner cannot keep up with the humidity. This could be especially important when the temperature is relatively mild but the humidity is high, because the air conditioner unit doesn’t run long enough to remove the humidity from the indoor air. Conversely, a whole house dehumidifier also works when the air conditioner is off, continuing to improve your indoor comfort.

The extra moisture in your home, if the humidity is too high for too long, can actually cause water damage to your ceilings, walls, flooring and furniture. Of course, all that moisture can have a “hot-house” effect in allowing and, indeed, promoting the growth of household allergens like dust mites, mildew and mold. This can be prevented by maintaining the indoor humidity of your home at an ideal level. Drier air will also reduce condensation on the inside of your windows.

Best of all, the humidity in your entire home can be controlled by just a singular unit that is also hidden from view. You’d use much more energy installing multiple portable dehumidifiers throughout your home. Additionally, you will save on energy costs because with moderate controlled humidity, your house will actually feel cooler at higher temperatures. With a whole house dehumidifier, keeping cool in the summer months is much easier and more cost efficient.  Consult your local HVAC professional to have your whole house humidifier installed inside your air handler to operate automatically.