Tips for Lowering the Humidity in Your Home

It’s important to control the humidity levels in your home. Excess interior moisture can lead to a variety of issues, including mold, mildew, and musty smells. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to keep the air in your home clean, crisp, and inviting.

These six easy steps will help you lower your home’s humidity levels.

Improve Ventilation

One of the best ways to lower the humidity in your home is to make sure it’s properly ventilated. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms since those areas are moisture-prone. An attic fan is equally essential because an improperly vented attic can make your home feel damp and muggy.

If you want to go a step further, use ventilation add-ons, such as energy recovery ventilators and heat recovery ventilators.

These devices connect to your HVAC system and pull moisture from the air, lowering humidity levels and improving indoor air quality. A professional HVAC company can help you decide which add-on would work best for you.

Limit Houseplants

Houseplants make a home cozy and inviting, but they also release a significant amount of moisture. If you own more than your fair share of houseplants, consider temporarily cutting back to just one or two in your home’s main living areas.

Move the rest outside or to a well-ventilated area until the summertime heat and humidity subside.

Take Shorter Showers

Hot showers feel great, but they increase a home’s humidity levels.

Dropping the temperature of your shower by just two or three degrees will reduce the amount of steam it creates, thus decreasing moisture in the air. Regardless of the temperature of the water, always turn on the exhaust fan while you shower and leave it running for several minutes after you’ve finished.

Use Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner not only cools your home but dehumidifies it, as well. Dial your thermostat down a few notches when your house starts to feel humid.

Clean Your Gutters

Taking care of the exterior of your home helps with controlling interior moisture just as much as maintaining the interior. While many people don’t realize it, clogged or broken gutters can unhealthily increase the moisture levels inside your home.

Gutters in poor condition are a major cause of interior water leaks, which can cause a host of problems — mold and mildew growth as well as structural damage.

Make sure your gutters are free of debris and that downspouts are directed away from your home.

Repair or Replace Worn Doors and Windows

Drafty, worn windows and doors can trap moisture, therefore compromising your home’s comfort levels and driving up utility bills.

To prevent these disappointing outcomes, add weather stripping and caulk to seal the windows or doors and to prevent water from entering your home. Also, replace any door or window that is starting to fail.

Excess moisture in a house not only leads to an uncomfortable home environment, but it can also cause serious issues such as mold and mildew growth. To keep the air in your home crisp and comfortable, maintain relative humidity levels between 30% and 50%.

Jeff Campbell

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