While most of us look forward to warmer weather, the heat of summer also brings unwelcome humidity. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce humidity in your home. Here are a few tips to get you started.
5 Ways to Reduce Humidity Inside Your Home
Use All Available Exhaust Fans
One of the most useful tools for combatting the humidity in your home is your exhaust fans, generally found in kitchens and bathrooms. Whenever cooking on your stovetop, turn on the fan and let it run for several minutes. When showering, use the exhaust fan in the bathroom. Let it run for at least ten minutes after you dry off so it can remove any remaining moisture from the air.
Turn on Your Air Conditioner
Your AC makes the home comfortable by cooling the temperature and lowering humidity inside your home. As it removes the warm and moist air, cooler, drier air is brought in, keeping you cooler throughout the day.
Use a Dehumidifier
While your air conditioner is effective at lowering humidity levels inside your home, you may not always want or need it running. Try adding a dehumidifier to any affected rooms in your home, like your basement, laundry room, and bathroom.
Take Shorter, Cooler Showers
While you may love taking those long, hot showers, you won’t love the resulting humidity in the air. Try cutting down on your shower time and keeping the water temperature a bit cooler.
Monitor Your Indoor Plants
Indoor plants add life to your home and improve your indoor air quality. However, plants release moisture that can contribute to the humidity inside your home. Solutions you may want to try include:
- Moving your plants to one room or a particular area with good ventilation
- Cover the plant’s soil so water isn’t evaporated into the surrounding air
- Relocate your plants outside to a patio, porch, or deck where you can still enjoy them
Whichever way you choose, keeping humidity levels low in your home will help create a healthier and more comfortable environment for your family.