Indoor Humidity Control Tips for Homeowners
If it’s hard to keep the rooms in your house at a comfortable temperature, if you have allergy symptoms like sneezing and coughing, if going to sleep is difficult, or you see signs of mold and mildew in your home, all of this could be due to the levels of humidity that are inside of your home.
And while initially, this might be cause for concern, luckily there are several things that you can do today that will drastically reduce the moisture that is in the air of your house and alleviate these issues. If you’re interested in knowing what some of those things are, please keep reading.
Conduct an energy audit. Being that indoor humidity has to do with high levels of moisture inside of your home, it’s always a good idea to check your house to see if there are any water leaks coming from your plumbing or your AC system or if there are any air leaks around your windows and doors that need to be sealed. You can find out both by conducting an energy audit. For tips on how to do one, go to Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Install some exhaust fans. The two rooms in the house that use the most water are the ones that are going to have the tendency to be the most humid: the kitchen and the bathroom. Something that you can do to keep the humidity levels down is to install some exhaust fans. If you turn them on while you’re cooking or showering, the moisture will be significantly reduced.
Get a dehumidifier. If you happen to live in a particularly humid climate, exhaust fans might not be enough for you. Luckily, there are dehumidifiers that you can put in some of the common areas of your home that are highly effective and also affordable. For a list of some of the best dehumidifiers on the market, go to ConsumerReports.org and put “dehumidifier reviews” in the search field.
Watch how you wash and cook. When you have less indoor humidity, the indoor air quality of your house dramatically improves. If you want to know how to improve your indoor air quality, one way to do it is to watch how you wash your clothes and cook your food. When it comes to your clothes, try and avoid hanging wet ones inside. And when you’re using your dryer, make sure that the exhaust is vented towards the outside. When it comes to cooking and you’re using the stove, keep lids on the pots. Otherwise, you’ll be inviting steam into your home, and that definitely causes humidity.
Open up your windows. Reducing moisture in the air also has to do with keeping the rooms inside of your house well ventilated. One of the ways that you can do this is by opening up some of your windows when the temperature outside is cooler and rain is not in the forecast. Just make sure that you have screens in the windows before you open them up. For information on how to care for your window screens so that you can open up your windows more often, visit Home-Wizard and put “window screens” and “guide” in the search field.