If your house feels stuffy, some troubleshooting steps should be your first option. Chances are it feels stuffy because of excess humidity inside the home. The challenge lies in figuring out what is causing the high humidity and finding the best way to deal with it.
Generally speaking, your home will feel stuffy when there's too much moisture in the air. This usually occurs when the relative indoor humidity levels exceed 50%. Ideally, relative indoor humidity should be around 35%, give or take. If your indoor humidity level is too high, it could be due to several reasons:
Most air conditioners are capable of dehumidifying the air as they cool it down. Therefore, if it feels too stuffy in the summer, the air conditioner may not be operating as it should.
If there's excessive humidity despite a properly working air conditioner, it could be that the air isn't flowing well through the home. Therefore, the air conditioner isn't getting a chance to remove the moisture from the air.
If your home feels too stuffy, one of the final troubleshooting steps you can take is to find the source of the moisture. It might be from doing a lot of cooking with many uncovered pots. Or maybe there's water infiltration in a particular part of the house. Whatever the reason, you must track it down, especially if there's a water infiltration problem. If the source of the excessive indoor moisture is the result of a part of daily living, using a standalone dehumidifier should help make the home feel a lot less stuffy.
For more ideas on troubleshooting humidity and moisture problems in your home, reach out to our team of experts at Jerry's Air Conditioning and Heating.