Ways to Lower your Home Humidity

On a general outlook, water has always been attached with positivity and of course it is positive. But as moisture in the air, it can become too much and non comforting. High humidity in your home can be a drain to your energy and alertness.

High humidity makes the air in you home warmer and heavier with moisture. This gets you all hot, sweaty and feeling like life is being drawn out of you. This can get quite worse in the summer. Apart from you, furniture, clothing, books and other things in your home are in danger of mold and mildew infestation.

My aim is not to inform you about the effect of high home humidity but to let you know how to deal with it and keep your comfort. Here are 7 ways to get you home humidity in the low:

  1. Inspect for water leaks and fix them

Water leaks are exposed by water stains on dry walls and wet spots. You may need to go for a professional plumber to get the job done. Extra condensation from water leaks raises humidity.

  • Use Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers readily remove moisture from the air.[1] This is the best solution if you keep having your home humidity hitting the roof with figures above 60%.

  • Clean your AC Filters

In perfect condition, your air conditioner reduces humidity. The air conditioner naturally pulls fresh air into your home from outside while it filters off the moisture. But clogs that accumulate in the filter over time reduce this function. Regularly, check your AC filters to clean them and sometimes replace them.

  • Dry your Clothes Outside

Wet clothes in the house are sure to add some numbers to the humidity level as moisture from the clothes hang around the home. You may need to use a dryer for drying your laundry, but there will always be some clothes you can’t use the dryer for. Instead of using a drying rack inside the house, get the rack outside or use a cloth line for drying.

  • Use Exhaust Fans

Activities in the home that involve the use of heat like cooking and taking hot showers can cause humidity rise. This is why ventilator fans are fixed in the kitchen and our bathrooms to let out excess moisture and smell. You may have to run your exhaust/ventilation fans for extra minutes after your cooking or showering to keep the extra moisture out.

  • Take Short Cold Showers

Hot showers add steam to the air in homes. We love hot showers but won’t love to have our home humidity raised, so we need a solution. It is advisable to cut down our shower temperature to reduce the amount of extra steam that is left in our homes. Shorter and colder shower is a good way to keep the moisture in the home in check.

  • Explore your Plants

Indoor plants can raise our home aesthetics considerably, but they can also do the same for the humidity. Because plants generally release moisture,  having a handful of them within the house can cause more humidity. You may have to move them outside temporarily to ease the moisture within. Some plants like Boston fern, English Ivy and Reed Palm have also been known to reduce moisture in the air. [2]You can look at getting any of these to help with the extra moisture flying around in your home.

We all desire high scores but not so with home humidity. With humidity score going above 50%, you will have to take extra measures to reduce it. You should begin with a check for the cause, check for leaks and fix them.

Get to know if your air conditioner’s filter is in the right shape, then you can proceed to running your exhaust fans extra minutes and playing around your plants. The sure fire way to lower and keep your home humidity in check is having a dehumidifier around.


[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehumidifier

[2] https://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-indoor-plants-that-will-absorb-the-humidity-in-your-house

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