As we launch into summer, humidity adds to the discomfort of heat in the home. Here are three top ways to naturally remove humidity in your home.
Ideal home humidity, or moisture in the air, is between 40 to 60%. This range promotes good indoor air quality and is considered healthy. If you aren’t sure whether humidity is impacting the comfort of your home, consider purchasing a hydrometer (humidity sensor).
Showers and baths, as well as the stove, dishwashers and clothes dryers add humidity to the home. There can be other culprits, but these are some of the main reasons why humidity increases. To counteract these sources of humidity, increase ventilation from outside.
Turn on bathroom and stovetop fans when these areas are in use. Open windows and screen doors in the early mornings and cooler evening temperatures to let the fresh outdoor air inside. This has to be done at the right times or you risk letting your air-conditioned air escape.
Move houseplants outdoors
Plants require moisture to live and grow but the wet soil can contribute to the home’s humidity. During summer, many houseplants can be moved outdoors to minimize their impact on the home.
If a plant is temperature sensitive and needs to remain indoors, consider covering the base to keep the moisture from escaping. Ideas for indoor plant soil covers include bark dust and mulch, sand, seashells, or other decorative rock or cut glass. Keep in mind that any kind of mulch needs to be applied sparingly to allow the roots to breathe.
Find and repair leaks
Many homes have water leaks that go unnoticed. Not only is this expensive but it can increase home humidity and cause mold growth. To test for leaks, check the water meter reading when no appliances, baths, showers or toilets are in use. After two hours, check the water meter reading again. If there has been an increase in the meter reading while all water sources were off, there is a leak that needs to be found.
Common areas to find a water leak are in toilets, showerheads, faucets, and outdoor irrigation. For more ideas on finding and stopping water leaks, check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Leak Facts.
Use a dehumidifier
This last one doesn’t fall into the category of natural, but if you still find the humidity to be high in the home, consider purchasing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers have a fan that pulls surrounding air inside and pushes the air through the dehumidifier’s cooled coils. The coils use condensation to pull humidity out of the air before reheating the air and sending it back into the room.
Dehumidifiers can be set to the user’s preference. As the dehumidifier is in use, water collects in a bucket. This water is indicative of how much moisture is being pulled out of the air.
To discuss humidity concerns in your home, or for other heating and cooling needs, contact us at Pilchuck Heating.