5 Tips for Lowering Humidity at Home
While the weather may feel pleasant outside, higher humidity inside can become problematic at times. Lowering your home’s humidity is beneficial for a number of reasons. It helps keep you more comfortable, can help save money by reducing the need to run the heater or air conditioning system, and improves the indoor air quality by minimizing the accumulation of dust mites and growth of mold. Lower humidity will also help protect your home from moisture damage.
If these benefits intrigue you, here are five tips to lower the humidity in your home.
1. Make Small Home Repairs
Dripping toilets and faucets and leaky pipes that leave puddles around your home are not only unsanitary at times, but also add to humidity issues inside the home. The water released by these fixtures eventually evaporates, becoming moisture in the air. It is essential to replace or repair the pipes when necessary and to cover pipes that sweat to prevent puddle formation.
2. Invest in Upgrades for the Home
Air leaks around exhaust vents, appliances, doors and windows, as well as points where the utility lines come into the home, are also the ideal location for humid air to travel inside during warmer months. To keep this humidity outside the home, and improve overall energy efficiency, apply caulk, as well as weather stripping when necessary to seal the leaks.
3. Make Changes to Your Lifestyle
Believe it or not, changes in the way you live can actually reduce humidity inside your home. Try to take cooler and shorter showers, and when you cook, keep lids over pots to hold the moisture inside. If you have a large number of houseplants, place them outside for a while, since potted plants constantly give off moisture.
4. Increase Home Ventilation
Improving the airflow in your home is one of the best ways to reduce humidity inside a home. After showering or cooking, run the exhaust fan for a few minutes to eliminate moisture build up, but don’t leave it on too long. If it remains on, it will bring in more humidity than it pulls out.
5. Use a Dehumidifier
When enhanced ventilation does not help the problem, it may be time to install a whole-house dehumidifier in your cooling and heating system. The whole-house systems will be much more effective than portable models.
To learn more about the benefits offered by reducing the humidity in your home, contact Environment Masters today, at (601) 353-4681.