Spring is here early in Maryland, and the weather is lovely. However, this change of season also means that our dry winter homes may turn into humid hotspots sooner than later. While the weather is cool, it’s time to think about how to prepare for those humid months to come. Check out these tips below on how to lower home humidity.
The air conditioner is your first resource for keeping your home cool and dry. The unit should actively carry fresh, cool air into your home while expelling humid, warm air. Your home will be less likely to develop mold, which likes dark, warm, damp places. Keep your fan set to automatic so it will only blow cool air rather than continuously. Remember to change your air filter once every two or three months, depending on how often it gets dirty. If you suspect leakage in your air ducts, have a professional come and fix the problem at once.
Speaking of leaks, your home can sustain less moisture if you inspect your house for leaks. Leaks in faucets and pipes add moisture to the air, plus any spots in the house that have shown water damage in the past. Ways to spot leaks in your home is if you have unusually high water bills and if a wall or ceiling feels damp.
Vents and Cooler Water
The way to lower home humidity also has to do with how you use your home. When you take a hot shower, for instance, you create a higher level of humidity in the room. Drop the temperature of your showers down a notch, and don’t forget to ventilate so the humid air has a place to escape. When boiling water or using the range, turn on the exhaust fan to take out water vapors immediately.
Perhaps the most common machine people use in addition to the air conditioner and ventilation systems is the dehumidifier. The general consensus for the ideal humidity level in summer is between 30 and 50%. A dehumidifier will effectively take in water from the air, and today you can find models that are relatively quiet as well.
Some things in nature naturally suck in the moisture from the air around them. One of these objects is charcoal. People have recognized this property about it, so you can use either charcoal bags or charcoal briquettes, which you can leave in a container for a couple months.
Another natural dehumidifier is a plant. Some species of plants take in the humidity, and some are known for their air-purifying qualities. Boston fern, peace lily, cactus, orchid, and English ivy are a few of the options. You can beautify your home, and make it breathable too!
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