When the sun starts scorching everything outside, we all typically run back into our homes and wait for the air conditioning to cool us down. However, if our homes are humid, then we might just be better off back outside. In addition to humidity making you feel uncomfortable, it can also foster the growth of dangerous molds that can damage your home and your health. If your skin frequently feels sticky, and you find a lot of mold spores around your home, your house is probably too humid. Here are a few ways to reduce humidity so that you can enjoy a cool, comfortable, and healthy indoor climate.
Any time you take a shower or cook, make sure you turn on your vent fans, and leave them on longer than you normally would so that the moisture doesn’t collect inside the vents. Ventilating will increase the airflow in your home, thus reducing the humidity. If you don’t have vents, you should open your windows for a few minutes each day.
Turn on Fans
Turn on fans in multiple rooms, as it will encourage for healthy air flow in your home. So, if you do not have vents, you can use fans as a substitute. Turning them on throughout the day will decrease the humidity as the airflow allows for the moisture to evaporate.
Use a Dehumidifier
Some dehumidifiers can actually tell you the humidity level of your home so that you can always be aware of rising levels and know when to take action. It will also collect all the moisture, so you should place it in your basement or any other room without windows and is prone to dampness.
Change Air Conditioning Filter
If your air conditioner has a “dry” setting option, then make sure you use it from time to time because it will remove moisture from the air in your home. Routinely check and clean your air filter as well because a dirty filter will slow down the airflow throughout your home.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Keeping your gutters and downspouts clean prevents water from collecting and potentially entering your home. You should also situate your downspouts so they can carry water as far away from your home as possible to avoid damaging the foundation.
These few fairly cheap ways to dehumidify your home and prevent costly humidity induced damage. If you have any questions regarding your home’s humidity or need AC maintenance, then contact the experts at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration today for a free estimate!