Stepping outside into the high humidity can feel lousy, leaving you feeling heavy and breathless. High humidity inside your home can be even worse, leaving you feeling sweaty, hot, and just plain miserable in the place you're meant to be most comfortable. Not only will reducing indoor humidity make your home more comfortable, but it will help decrease allergies and eliminate musty odors. Below, the experienced HVAC technicians with our AC company share seven easy ways that homeowners can reduce indoor humidity within their homes.
Run Your Air Conditioner
Running your air conditioning system will help decrease indoor humidity by removing hot, humid air from your home and replacing it with cool, dry air. Whether you have a window unit or central air conditioning system, running your AC should help reduce indoor humidity related to elevated outdoor humidity levels.
Invest In A Dehumidifier
One of the most effective ways to combat high levels of indoor humidity is with a dehumidifier. A portable dehumidifier can be used to reduce humidity levels in specific areas of your home, whereas a whole-home dehumidifier that fits into your HVAC system can provide a wider solution.
Open A Window
Opening a few windows is an easy and effective way to quickly reduce humidity in your home. However, this ventilation approach only works on days when it's less humid outside than it is in your house.
Find & Fix Leaks
Pipes in your plumbing system that have sprung a leak could be contributing to your home's high humidity levels. Accordingly, locating and fixing any potential leaks in your home could help resolve the problem.
Use Exhaust Fans
Just like how running an exhaust fan when taking a shower can reduce humidity in your bathroom, running several around your home can help reduce overall indoor humidity. On days when it's humid inside your home, running any of the exhaust fans around your home, such as in the kitchen and bathroom, can help reduce indoor humidity. Additionally, you should always let the exhaust fan in your bathroom run for at least 20 minutes after taking a shower.
Put Plants Outside
Houseplants are constantly releasing water vapor into the air. That said, moving them outside of your home for a while can help you control high indoor humidity levels. Of course, you should check the weather before placing houseplants outside.
Take Colder, Shorter Showers
Long, hot showers create lots of steam which can quickly spread throughout your home. Therefore, taking colder, shorter showers can help reduce the humidity that's created within your home during a shower.