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Your home may have the latest heating and cooling technology, but you still may feel uncomfortable due to high humidity levels in your home. The summer humidity level in Kansas City can be unbearable. When indoor humidity levels elevate to outdoor levels there are many negative issues created. To name a few, humidity creates an excellent breeding ground for hundreds of types of molds, mildew and other home invaders such as, dust mites that can cause family ailments. In addition to the health issues, high humidity can have many bad affects on your home structure and furnishings. Today’s energy-efficient homes need more humidity control. Overland Park Heating and Cooling can find the right system for you.

Energy Saving Techniques

Some structural energy saving techniques actually can work against you in retaining humidity. Energy efficient windows and doors with weather stripping are being installed. Insulation is thicker and constructed to a higher standard than in the past, and the use of air-tight vapor barriers are more prevalent. Latex and silicone caulk seals cracks and other potential leaks tightly. All these advances have made homes tighter and more efficient, but have resulted in your air-conditioning running less often, reducing the amount of moisture your system can remove during periods of high humidity.

Take Control of Indoor Moisture!

Although moisture infiltration is reduced, many normal living activities—such as cooking, showering, dishwashing and doing laundry—add significant amounts of moisture back into the environment. Because the heating and cooling system needs to operate less in a tighter home, less of this moisture is removed. Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home to be between 30% to 60%. Tighter homes have moisture loads that need to be controlled with whole-home dehumidification systems sold and installed by Overland Park Heating and Cooling.


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