“I love when it’s humid in my house!” – said no one, ever.
Dealing with excessive heat and humidity is uncomfortable and awful. It’s even worse when the humidity and moisture is in your home, leaving you to feel hot, sticky, and gross. Not only does humidity in your home make you feel bad, it also threatens the surfaces, structure, and overall condition of your property.
According to Energy Star, the ideal level of humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50%. So how can you maintain this range in your home and lessen the humidity when it gets bad? Check out these helpful tips to keep your home humidity-free during the hottest days and beyond.
1. Get a Dehumidifier
Purchasing a dehumidifier is one of the most efficient ways to lower humidity in your home. These work best when the area is sealed-off, including the windows and doors. Dehumidifiers can take moisture out of the air but should be placed away from walls or objects for proper airflow.
Ensure that the areas in your home that are prone to moisture, such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, have proper ventilation set up. Installing a vent fan in these areas and keeping them on while showering, cooking, or doing laundry is an easy way to reduce moisture in your home.
3. Use Fans
Continuing to circulate the air in your home with the help of a ceiling or box fan can help reduce evaporation.
4. Check for Leaking Pipes
We recommend checking the pipes in your home on a bi-annual basis to make sure that they are working properly. Even the smallest pipe leak can cause an increase in moisture.
5. Adjust the Settings on your Air Conditioner
Some air conditioners come with a “dry” setting to help remove any indoor moisture. You should also keep your AC fan settings set to “auto” instead of “on” so that your air conditioner is not constantly running.
6. Change the Air Filters
Improve the airflow and the efficiency of your unit by changing the air filters regularly. By improving the airflow of your unit, you will be lessening the opportunity for humidity in your home.
7. Take Shorter Showers
While taking a nice hot shower is a great way to relax and unwind, this tends to be a culprit for producing excessive steam and humidity. We recommend limiting the amount of time you spend in the shower and keeping the ventilation fan on while you’re in there.
8. Have Your Unit Maintained Regularly by an HVAC Expert
It’s extremely important and beneficial to have your HVAC system checked by a professional at least twice a year. Our team of HVAC experts can make sure that your unit is dehumidifying the air as it should be. Contact us today to make an appointment and enroll in our maintenance program with pricing starting as low as $14/month.