How to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

Summertime oftentimes means hot and humid weather which can mean a hot and humid home so it’s important to know how to reduce humidity in your home.

Humid air can make a hot house feel even hotter and harder to sleep and feel comfortable in your home. Higher humidity levels can also give life to mold if through the stagnant water and air. Therefore, it is important for all homeowners to have a clear understanding of how to reduce humidity in your home this summer.

Here is a list of few effective tips homeowners can follow in order to reduce humidity.

Improve ventilation

Poor ventilation can be one of the biggest culprits behind humidity. Whether it’s your bathroom, attic, or basement, you need to take the necessary steps to improve ventilation in order to reduce humidity.

Each area of your home could require a different ventilation solution. For example, excess moisture in the attic could require a roof vent or whirlybird, and a basement cellar might simply need a vent to improve air flow.

During winter an HRV can be a great option to improve indoor air quality, bring in fresh air from outdoors and reduce stale air inside the home.

Get rid of indoor plants

When you have indoor plants, you will have to water them. However, all the water that you use on your indoor plants will not be used. Water that is not used by the plants would evaporate and transform your house into a mini greenhouse. That’s because there’s nowhere for water vapor to escape out of your home. Therefore, you need to take necessary steps to remove indoor house plants.

reduce humidity in your home and remove wet plants

If you still want to decorate the interiors with plants, consider options that require little water.

Make sure that there are no leaks in your home

Obviously, if water is leaking into your home it will create a dampness indoors, which is often an issue with basements, especially homes built on top of rock, which is more common in Sudbury.

If you do have water leak issues, consult an expert who deals with wet basements, or there are DIY foundation options you can purchase at the hardware store.

Get rid of wet objects in your home

You should reduce the number of wet towels, clothes, and rags that you keep in your home as much as possible during the summer season. If you head to the beach, try throwing your wet clothes and towels into the dryer when you get home or hanging on the clothes line so that you reduce the number of damp clothes hanging around your home.

Invest in a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner

Depending on the level of humidity and how hot your home is will dictate if you need a dehumidifier or an air conditioner.

If your home is generally cool and you don’t need a central air unit, a dehumidifier can still offer some relief from high humidity in your house. A portable dehumidifier works well if you need to remove moisture from a small space in your home like a small basement. However, if your home is quite humid, you may be better suited for a whole-home dehumidifier.

A central air conditioner system not only provides cool relief during summer month but also helps to reduce humidity in your home. Speak with a local HVAC contractor to find out which option is best for you.

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