When the temperature outside is sweltering hot, we often seek refuge in our air conditioned home.
However, when the humidity is too high, even our homes can become uncomfortable.
In addition to being uncomfortable, high humidity can also contribute to other problems.
Mold, musty smells, dampness on wall surfaces, and condensation on the inside of your windows are all indicators that the humidity in your house is too high.
In this post we want to discuss 5 ways you can help lower the humidity inside of your home.
1. Place Indoor Plants Outside
Through their natural processes, plants release moisture back into the air. If you're on a mission to keep your humidity down, it may be time to temporarily relocate your house plants outdoors.
2. Make Sure Fresh-Cut Firewood Is Stored Away From Your Home
As firewood "cures", or dries out, it releases moisture. This means that your woodpile right outside the backdoor may be contributing to increased humidity inside your home.
Once the firewood has dried out completely, you can move it closer to your home.
3. Ventilation Fans Are Installed And Working Properly
Have you noticed that your bathroom ventilation fans aren't working the way they are supposed to? Maybe they don't seem to clear the air as quickly as they used to.
Oftentimes ventilation fans can have their motors replaced for less money than installing a whole new fan.
Additionally, ensure you are using your kitchen's exhaust fan while cooking. The moisture released from foods when cooking on your stovetop contributes to your home's humidity.
In addition to the exhaust fan, you can also help quell moisture from cooking by using lids on your cookware.
4. Turn Off Any Humidifiers
If you use a humidifier, it's time to shut it off. As your in-home humidity rises, you need to address the issue at its source.
Furthermore, you may want to consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier. This device works in tandem with your air conditioning unit. We are happy to provide you with more information and a free quote!
5. Check For Air Leaks
This is a quick solution you can take care of yourself. Use a lit incense stick to check for air leaks.
The most prominent areas to check are around your windows, doors, entrances to attics, and your electrical outlets.
When using the lit incense stick, you'll be able to find the air leak by gently moving it around the perimeter of areas you're checking. Go along the border of your window and see if you notice the smoke moving as a result of air coming in through the window.
You can usually fix these air leaks yourself with caulking or other sealant from your local hardware store.
We also have a post on how to tell if you should upgrade your air conditioner. Oftentimes high humidity can mean your air conditioner is not functioning properly.
Lowering Humidity In Your Home With A Whole-Home Dehumidifier
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Article originally published June 30th, 2018. Updated and re-published July 21st, 2019.