Ways to Lower Your Home Humidity
We’ve got some great ways to lower the humidity in your home to keep your air comfortable and more importantly safe for you and your family to breathe. High humidity in your home is not just uncomfortable, it can also cause spore growth, which can lead to a myriad of other issues. This is why it is important to learn different ways to lower your home’s humidity.
Monitor the humidity level
Before you can control it, you have to be able to determine where the humidity level is at your home. Investing in a humidistat to monitor the humidity level can help you take steps to get it to an optimal level. It’s especially important to know what the level is because levels above 70%RH are ideal for spore growth and dust mites. Keep your humidity level between 40 and 60%RH to avoid issues.
Keeping the air flowing in your home will help prevent humidity and excess moisture from building up. If you happen to be in a home without AC, open your windows for a few hours a day and use fans to circulate the air. But running your AC will help reduce indoor humidity.
Don’t forget the filters
Replacing your AC or furnace filters regularly won’t just help with indoor humidity levels; it will also help you properly maintain your HVAC system in general.
Minimize humidity increasing activities
Whenever you are generating moisture indoors whether it’s from hot showers, cooking, or using the dryer, you are increasing the humidity level in your home. Try to avoid these activities during the hottest and humid parts of the day and if you’re able; try drying your clothes the old-fashioned way by hanging them out to dry.
Shore up any cracks
If your walls or ceilings have any cracks or holes that humidity can creep in through, be sure to fill them in to avoid issues with wood rot, mold, and mildew.
Get a dehumidifier
If you live in a balmier climate, a dehumidifier can help manage the humidity level in your home. Dehumidifiers can vary in price but choose one that is right for the square footage you’re trying to dehumidify.
Consider investing in a thermostat with a humidity control function. Many are programmable and wifi enabled and allow you to have more control over your home’s humidity and indoor air quality.
Keeping the air in your home comfortable and safe during the warm summer weather makes summer that much more enjoyable. If you’d like to learn more about ways to control the humidity in your home or would like to schedule maintenance on your HVAC system, contact the professionals at Advent Air. Our team of HVAC professionals are dedicated to the quality of the air you and your family breathe every day.