When hot, humid weather approaches, you'll want to do everything you can to keep your home cool and dry. With a few changes and some help from your HVAC contractor, you can do just that. Here are just some of the ways you can keep your home comfortable during steamy weather.

Install A Whole-Home Dehumidifer

While your air conditioning can help to keep your home cool, it can't reduce moisture in the air on its own. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier can help to draw moisture out of the air on humid days. This can help your air conditioner to do its job better, and it can also help to reduce condensation on windows and walls. Damp conditions inside your home can lead to potential mold growth, which is another good reason to install this type of system in your home. Consult with your HVAC contractor to see whether or not a whole-home dehumidifier is the right option for you.

Provide Shade For Your AC

Your air conditioner can work more efficiently when the unit and the air around it is cooler. If your unit is currently in an area that receives little to no shade during the day, partner with your HVAC contractor to resolve this issue. You may be able to create a shade structure that sits over the AC, or you may need to move it to a new location near your home. Remember not to cover the air conditioning unit, as this will prevent it from being able to draw in air to cool your home.

Install Exhaust Fans

If you don't already have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, you may want to consider adding them. An exhaust fan in the bathroom can help to reduce humidity after you take a shower or bath. This humid air can also make your house feel warmer. An exhaust fan in the kitchen can serve the same purpose, plus it gives you the added benefit of drawing smoke and cooking odors from your home as well. Your HVAC contractor can help to install these fans in your home to maximize your cooling potential.

Install Window Films

Tinted window films can help to keep your home cooler by reducing the amount of direct sunlight your home receives. These films can be placed over your existing window panes as a DIY project, and they give you the added benefit of helping to keep your home warm in the winter.

If you are concerned about heat and humidity in your home, schedule a consultation with your HVAC contractor, like Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces. He or she can point out all the ways you can keep your home cool, dry, and comfortable.