Wherever you live in the U.S., summer brings with it higher humidity. It’s important for you to know how humidity can affect utility costs.

Humidity is the way of measuring the amount of water vapor in the air. When you go outside in the summer, you can feel it on your skin. Adding the humidity to the temperature of the air gives you the “feel like” temperature.

When humidity in your home rises above 40% to 50%, you begin to feel warmer. This is one way humidity can affect your utility costs, because you typically turn up the air conditioning. This causes your unit to run more, thus raising your costs to run it.

Another way humidity can affect utility costs is by making your air conditioning unit run less effectively and efficiently. Even when you turn the unit up, you don’t feel as cool when the humidity is high. You consume more energy and your costs rise.

Your air conditioning unit’s refrigerant removes the heat from the air blown into your home. The evaporator’s outside part causes condensation as the moisture in your home reaches the dew point. High humidity brings more condensation and your unit has to work harder to remove the increased heat caused by condensation.

Once again, humidity can affect utility costs.

What can you do? There are some practical things you can do to decrease how much humidity can affect utility costs.

If you have a crawl space under your home, install a ground-moisture barrier there to decrease interior humidity.

Vent your clothes dryer outside the house.

Don’t hang up wet clothes to dry inside your house.

If you don’t have fans and vents in your bathrooms and kitchen, install and use them.

When you’re cooking, put lids on pots to keep that moisture from adding to interior humidity.

If you have a basement, consider putting a dehumidifier down there. You can see a great difference in comfort in your home, and this should decrease how much humidity can affect utility costs.

If you need help dealing with how humidity can affect utility costs, call a professional who can help you figure out your best options. Call ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS, INC.  at 909-985-5613. In business since 1968, they will do the job the right way the first time.