Would it surprise you to learn that there are optimal home humidity levels? While you’d probably like to control the outdoor humidity, doing something about the humidity levels in the house will have to do.
Besides making your hair frizzy and causing mold growth, humidity in the house can decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Is it feeling a little muggy and uncomfortable in your home? Try these cool ways to reduce the humidity levels so you’re not sweating through your sheets.
5 Ways to Lower Humidity Levels in the Home
High humidity in the home can lead to moisture and mold issues, allergy flare-ups, dust mites, and chronic coughs. If you don’t know how to dehumidify a room, you’ll want to follow the tips here to protect your home, your wallet, and yourself from the effects of home humidity.
1. Check Your Home’s Ventilation
It’s important that any rooms in your home that create moisture have proper ventilation. The kitchen, bathroom, and basement need installed ventilation fans to pull the moisture out of the room.
2. Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are not the ideal way to deal with high humidity levels in your home, but they do a great job of circulating the air. Running your fans helps with evaporation and serves to naturally ventilate a room.
Replacing a light fixture with a fan is quick and easy. If you don’t have installed ventilation fans, this is the next best thing.
3. Plants that Remove Moisture
Indoor plants have many benefits like refreshing the air in a room, removing carbon dioxide, and adding oxygen, but they can also absorb humidity.
Choose plants like the spider plant, Boston fern or peace lily. These plants can remove the moisture that can lead to mold and harmful bacteria.
There are plants that add humidity, so choose carefully.
4. Put Laundry in the Dryer
Believe it or not, hanging wet clothes inside your home is a source of humidity. As the wet clothes dry, the moisture is released into the air.
Dry your clothes in the dryer or hang them outside to dry to keep humidity levels low.
5. Take Cooler, Shorter Showers
If this sounds like an awful idea to you, you’re probably not alone. But, hot, steamy showers put so much moisture into the air, especially in an enclosed shower or bathroom. This moisture gets trapped and leads to mold and the breeding of bacteria.
Keep an open mind. Your skin may thank you because as you’re adding moisture to the air with a hot shower, the hot water has the opposite effect on your skin.
Hot Ideas For Cooler, Dryer Air in Your Home
You’ve now learned some of the ways to keep the humidity levels down in your home.
Try utilizing some of them to keep your indoor air cooler and dryer and your home healthier and more energy efficient.
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