We live in a very humid climate. The humidity is especially high during the summer months. Humidity makes your HVAC system work harder to remove excess moisture from the air inside your home. Humidity can also cause mold and mildew growth and water damage. Here are some ways to lower humidity in your home.
1. Clear out gutters – Clogged gutters can cause leaks into your home, adding moisture to your home environment. That excess moisture can lead to mold growth and water damage.
2. Repair or replace leaky windows – Leaky windows let the hot humid air into your home and ultimately makes your HVAC system work harder to remove that excess moisture and keep your home cool.
3. Limit indoor plants – Indoor plants give off oxygen but also give off humidity. Limit the number of plants you keep indoors to prevent adding to an indoor humidity problem.
4. Take shorter, cooler showers – Long, hot showers produce a great amount of steam. Steam adds to the humidity in your home.
5. Get ventilated – Make sure your home is well-ventilated. If you aren’t sure, call Carolina Cool to assess your home’s ventilation and make recommendations to improve your ventilation.
6. Use ceiling fans – While ceiling fans don’t remove humidity from your home, they do create air circulation. Air circulation assists in evaporation, which can make you and your home feel cooler and less humid.
7. Change your flooring – Carpet can retain and release moisture. Also, dust mites love the moisture that gets trapped in carpet. Reduce humidity in your home by switching to vinyl plank, tile or hardwood floors.
8. Add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system – If your HVAC system isn’t already equipped with a separate dehumidification unit, you can add one to help increase your HVAC’s ability to pull moisture out of the air.
Controlling humidity can seem futile in the hot summer months but the effort is worth it. It prevents mold and mildew growth and helps keep you feeling cooler and more comfortable in your home. We home these 8 ways to lower humidity in your home help you stamp out the moisture and enjoy more comfort this summer.