Ways to decrease humidity in your home

The monsoons may provide us with rain, but they also leave us with dreaded humidity. While you cannot control the humidity outside your home there are some ways to control the humidity in your home to keep you comfortable.

  1. Use your air conditioner – if you have a swamp cooler and an AC unit, switch to the AC exclusively. AC helps reduce indoor humidity because it is introducing cooler air while removing the warm, humid air.
  2. Fix leaking pipes and faucets – wrap exposed pipes in insulators to keep condensation from forming. Signs of leaks include stained drywall, wet spots, and changes in your water bill.
  3. Houseplants – plants release moisture in the air so if you have a lot of plants around your house, the moisture can accumulate. Also, don’t overwater them and consider switching them to be outside during humid months.
  4. Clean your gutters – make sure your gutters are clean and carrying water away from your home’s foundation. Even though your gutters are outside, excess water that builds up at the foundations can seep into your home.
  5. Window leaks – if you have old windows, moisture from outside can build up in your home. Adding weather stripping and caulking on the outside and inside of the window can help. If you see moisture coming between the panes, its best to replace them.
  6. Use your exhaust and ventilation fans- areas like the kitchen and bathroom experience the most moisture. Cracking a window when showering or cooking as well as running the exhaust fans can help lower the humidity. Taking shorter and colder showers helps as well and cools you off quicker too! Leave them both on a little longer even after you have completed showering or cooking to help reduce indoor humidity even more.
  7. Get a dehumidifier – these can fit right inside your furnace air handler and remove moisture from the air as it passes through.

We hope these ideas can help; you only have two more months to survive the humidity!

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