Humidity is a key element in human comfort. We tend to focus first and foremost on temperature, but humidity is just as important when trying to make your home a comfortable place to live. There is nothing you can do about the humidity outside, of course, but there are steps you can take for lowering home humidity – and that’s what we’ll be discussing in the article below.
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Quick Solutions for Lowering Home Humidity
There are some steps you can take to bring down the humidity in your house without spending a lot of time or money on the problem. You might end up wanting to invest more in this problem to cut humidity significantly, but as a starting point, you can consider the ideas below.
- Reconsider indoor plants. If you have a collection of indoor plants in your home, those plants are going to contribute to the moisture levels inside the house significantly. As beautiful as they may be, it might be best to move them outside – if possible – to improve humidity conditions. Alternatively, if you have a big enough house, you could keep your plants together in one area, so the rest of the house doesn’t suffer the humidity consequences.
- Always use exhaust fans. There are two rooms in the house that produce more moisture than all the rest combined – the kitchen and the bathroom. These rooms typically have exhaust fans installed to help move moisture out of those spaces, so you should be in the habit of flipping those fans on each and every time. This might seem like a small step, but it can go a long way toward making your home more comfortable.
- Quickly address leaks. There are plenty of reasons to deal with any water leaks in your home as soon as they arise, such as avoiding the development of mold and preventing long-term damage to the structure. Add to that list the motivation of limiting humidity by taking away a source of water that can add moisture to your air. Any leaks that are discovered – even small ones – should be addressed right away.
- Get some fresh air. Depending on the weather conditions outside, you might get some relief just by opening up some windows and turning on a couple of fans to circulate air through the house. Before you take this step, check the weather conditions to see what the humidity is like outside, or even just go outside for a minute and see if it feels better or worse than what you are dealing with in your home.
Some Bigger Steps
The points we listed above will be no problem for most homeowners to implement. But what if you are dealing with persistently high humidity in your Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex home and those steps are just not enough? In that case, there are two further suggestions that we would like to make.
First, use your air conditioner, or have one installed if you don’t already have an AC system that serves your home. When an air conditioner runs, it naturally pulls some of the humidity out of the air, as cooler air cannot hold as much moisture as warmer air. So, with AC in place, you’ll enjoy something of a double benefit from the system – it will both bring down the temperatures in your home and reduce the humidity. This is why air-conditioned spaces feel like such a great relief when you step inside after being outside on a hot, humid summer day.
The other option is to have a dehumidifier added to your HVAC system. Walker can install a dehumidifier for you, and it will do just as the name suggests – it will take moisture out of the air when it is running. This makes a nice addition to your HVAC because it can do the job of cutting humidity while you aren’t using your air conditioner. So, if it’s not that hot but feels humid, or if you just want to give your AC a break in the middle of a hot summer stretch, you can use the dehumidifier to get more comfortable even when the AC is resting.
Cutting down on the humidity level in your house, even moderately, can go a long way toward making you and your family more comfortable. If you tend to dread the hot summer months in your Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex home, reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric right away to get help with your humidifier.