Your home’s humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent year-round. Certain times of the year, however, the indoor humidity may exceed these levels. High humidity levels make it feel hotter. Even worse, mold and mildew are more likely to grow in humid conditions. Let’s look at some effective ways you can reduce humidity in your home.
Reduce Humidity in Your Home With These Methods
#1 Take Colder, Shorter Showers
Long, hot showers contribute to high humidity levels inside your house. An easy way to keep humidity at bay is to take shorter showers at a lower temperature, especially during the hotter months of the year.
#2 Seal Air Leaks
Older homes often have air leaks around doors and windows. The hot, humid outside air seeps inside, increasing humidity and your energy bills. Check around all of your doors and windows for air leaks. Use caulk, spray foam, or weatherstripping to seal them.
#3 Turn On the Exhaust Fans to Reduce Humidity in Your Home
One of the easiest ways to reduce humidity in your home is to turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom. Bathing and cooking produce moisture. Let the fan run during these activities and for a few minutes afterward. Exhaust fans that vent to the outside help to reduce humidity.
#4 Be Mindful of Boiling Water
If you’re boiling water, be mindful of how long it boils. It’s easy to set a pot of water on the stove and then turn your attention to other tasks in the kitchen and not notice when the water begins to boil. The steam produced from boiling water raises the indoor humidity.
Stay attentive while you are waiting for water to boil. As soon as it starts to boil, the water is ready to use and should be turned off.
#5 Replace Old Windows and Doors
A long-term solution to reduce humidity in your home is to replace old windows and doors. While sealing air leaks goes a long way in reducing humidity, it is most effective to install new windows and doors. This investment makes it easier to keep your home climate-controlled and will also reduce your energy bills.
#6 Use a Dehumidifier to Reduce Humidity in Your Home
If your home is still humid after trying these methods, use a dehumidifier. A portable dehumidifier may suffice, especially if only part of your home has humidity problems. If the entire home is affected, a whole-house dehumidifier is the better solution.
These tips will help you reduce humidity in your home, which prevents mold and makes it more comfortable for your family.
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