Cape Town is the only province with winter rainfall due to its Mediterranean climate. While this is great for keeping your skin moist and smooth, too much moisture in your home do more harm than good.
It is definitely possible for a home to have too much humidity. This comes with its own set of problems, specifically condensation. While it doesn’t generally happen with older homes, newer buildings and homes do retain more moisture and heat.
The first thing you’ll notice is the condensation on the windows. Condensation happens when moist, warm air comes in contact with a cold window. The air temperature decreases at a rapid rate causing the air to no longer hold the water vapour.
If your home doesn’t have great natural ventilation, excess moisture can travel through ceilings and walls. This will then result in peeling paint, mould growth and wet insulation. But all hope is not lost. There is something you can do about it.
1. Turn of your humidifier
While a humidifier is great for summer months in Cape Town, you can put it away during winter. You can even use a dehumidifier in severe cases.
2. Use extractor fans
Use extractor fans whenever your cooking or taking a shower. Alternatively, open a window to let moisture out in exchange for fresh, dry air.
3. Limit the amount of water usage in your home
Do this by cooking with your pots covered at all times. Take shorter showers and use cooler water if possible. Only use tumble dryers in areas with adequate ventilation and reduce the number of plants.
4. Turn on your air conditioner
Removing excess moisture and improving air quality in your home is one of the basic functions of your air conditioning unit.
For the best results, combine as many of the tips mentioned above. If you need to install, service or repair your air conditioning unit, get in touch with Airfreeze Air Conditioning Durbanville today.