Is My Home Too Humid?

Climate control in your home can be difficult to manage. Keeping it the right temperature and humidity for comfort and safety can be a chore. A good HVAC system with an updated thermostat can help you manage the temperatures, but it does not help with the humidity. Here is how do you know if the humidity is too high in your home and what should you do to manage it.

Most people who have a humidity problem don’t need to check the air moisture levels to know they can an issue. There are subtle signs throughout the house that can alert you to a humidity problem. Signs to look for include:

  • Mold growth. Do you have mold on walls, windows or excessive amounts in your bathroom?
    While mold will grow if you don’t keep up with your household cleaning, if it seems excessive, you probably have a humidity problem.
  • Window condensation. Is there water condensation on your windows or do the trays in the window sills have water in them? This can be due to poorly insulated windows, but it is also a sign of high humidity.
  • Musty smells. If you walk into your home and it smells musty, it may be because your humidity levels are too high.

You can have your local HVAC service company check the humidity levels in your home. You want to stay between 40-60% on average to keep a good moisture balance. If your humidity levels are too high, you can discuss adding a dehumidifier option to your HVAC system. There are also portable dehumidifiers if the problem is only in certain rooms or areas of the house. Getting your moisture levels under control is important to prevent mold growth to maintain a healthy home, so don’t delay on finding a solution.

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

Is There Too Much Humidity in Your Home?

Moist air can cause issues when it is contained within your home. High humidity can create mold issues and damage to materials in your home. This can lead to health problems for your family and expensive repairs to your property. Monitoring and managing humidity is important, especially in regions of the country that experience high humidity during certain seasons of the year. Here is how to check your humidity levels and what to do if they are too high within your home.

Checking Your Humidity Levels

If you are concerned about the humidity levels in your home, you can use a hygrometer or humidity sensor to check your levels. Your local HVAC service professional can also check them for you. The ideal level in most homes is between 35-45%. However, the temperature outside and time of year can influence these levels. If your levels are reaching 60% or higher, you can be at risk for mold growth in your home.

Managing Humidity Levels

If you have high humidity throughout your home, you can effectively manage by adding a dehumidifier to your air conditioning or HVAC system. This can moderate the humidity and keep it at a safe level in your home. It is worth the investment to avoid health complications in your family due to mold growth. It can also protect your home from moisture and mold damage that can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.

Humidity can be a serious issue in your home if left unchecked. Talk to your local HVAC service company to learn more about humidity testing and dehumidifier options for your home’s heating or cooling system.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(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.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
Marietta, GA
(770) 475-9564

Why Do I Need A Dehumidifier?

Basements are not only the only place in the home where excessive levels of humidity can exist.  Often excessive humidity exists throughout the home and should be removed, as it can be a health hazard to the home’s occupants.  In addition, it can cause damage to the home and contents of the home as well.  

There are a number of visible clues for which may mean the presence of excessive humidity including dampness on the home’s walls and ceilings, musty odors throughout the home, condensation on the insides of windows, flare ups of allergies and the presence of mold and mildew in the bathrooms.  While these visual clues are effective, the best way to determine the humidity levels is to measure the humidity level with a hygrometer. 

If excessive humidity exists, the best solution is to add a whole house dehumidifier, which will maintain the humidity at a constant level.  The key is to remove the excessive humidity, while maintaining enough moisture to make the home comfortable and keeping wood joints from gapping.  While air conditioning units reduce the humidity in the home, a whole house humidifier works even when the air conditioning is not being used. 

Whole house dehumidifiers are preferred over portable dehumidifiers due to their ability to provide whole house coverage, while portable units only provide localized coverage.  In addition, portable dehumidifiers require the units to be plugged into existing outlets, as well as a periodic emptying of the water collected in the pan.  A whole house unit is a part of the HVAC system and all of the moisture collected during dehumidification is piped out of the home.

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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


Control Humidity With a Dehumidifer

Controlling the humidity in your home is almost as important as controlling the temperature level.  Experts vary on the optimal humidity level, but the general consensus is that keeping the humidity between 40-50% is best for both comfort and health.

Depending on where your home is located and the season, you may need to increase the humidity by adding moisture to the air with a humidifier or decrease the humidity level with a dehumidifier.  In hot, dry climates the humidity levels are usually too low.  In warm, moist climates the challenge is reducing the humidity levels.

Humid air feels warmer than dry air.  In the winter, maintaining the humidity level at the higher end of the optimal level will make your home feel warmer.  You can keep the temperature a few degrees lower and save on your heating costs.

The opposite is true in summer months.  Keeping humidity levels at the low end of the optimal range will help you feel cooler and allow you to set your thermostat a little higher and cut your electricity bills.

Too much humidity promotes the growth of mold and mildew that can aggravate allergies and causes condensation problems on toilet tanks and windows.  If the air in your home is too dry, it can cause respiratory problems, itchy skin, and static electricity.

Whether you need a humidifier, a dehumidifier, or both, the most efficient and effective solution is to have them integrated into your HVAC system.  Portable units don’t provide uniform humidity levels throughout your home and are usually noisy and intrusive.  Your HVAC technician can help you select and install a humidifier or dehumidifier that will keep your home comfortable.