To avoid the buildup of mold and mildew, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all homeowners in the Tampa Bay area keep residential humidity levels below 50%. Mold spores need high humidity to grow; without moisture, they cannot affect a home’s structural integrity, resale value, or indoor air quality.
Household humidity can be controlled in the following manners:
- Installing Air Conditioning Equipment. A multi- or variable-speed central air conditioning unit with a properly designed duct system keeps cool air flowing through a home. This air helps to dry out surfaces. The system may also be able to automatically adjust for hotter or more humid days, and/or reduce capacity and energy consumption for milder days.
- Adding Dehumidifiers. Stand-alone dehumidifiers are useful for reducing humidity levels in zones of a house more likely to have increases in humidity, such as basements and laundry rooms.
- Removing Carpeting from Some Areas. Rooms such as bathrooms may be more likely to “hold onto” moisture if they are carpeted. Removing the carpeting can reduce the risk of mold spore growth.
- Assessing Rooms to Ensure They Are Air-Tight. This can be done as part of a Home Performance Audit. By making a space inaccessible to humidity, we can help prevent the humidity levels from rising despite taking other measures.
As a premier provider of Tampa Bay home air conditioning solutions including products by Aprilaire, Honeywell and Ultra-aire, Northside Services also offers dehumidification answers to homeowners interested in ensuring their humidity levels remain low. Call a qualified Northside Customer Service Representative at (813) 975-8815 to schedule your home health audit.
Remember that Northside Services offers an unconditional 100% satisfaction guarantee to all customers. We pledge to give you the professional and knowledgeable advice you need, and never use sales pressure. Our technicians are paid fairly, not on commission; you can trust their suggestions without worry. After all, it’s your home: Be comfortable, be safe, and be stress-free.