It’s Not the Heat: How to Make Your Home Less Humid

by Chris Long - August 30, 2018

Humidity levels

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

How many times have you heard someone trot out that line on a 90-degree day?

It’s kind of irritating, but it’s also true.

Uncomfortable summer days become unbearable when the humidity levels make it feel like you’re walking through Jell-O.

And as bad as it is dealing with humidity outside your home, indoor humidity can pose an even greater problem. Not only is it hard to sleep in a humid home, you’re also at risk for mold and mildew.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to control the humidity in your home that don’t just involve turning up your heating and cooling system in Bucks County.

1. Mother Nature to the rescue

Peace lily to reduce humidity in your homeOne of the easiest ways to lessen humidity is by buying some indoor houseplants. There are some plants that can dry the air in your home when things get too humid:

  • Bay laurel – Tropical plants that will absorb the moisture in the air.
  • Myrtle – These plants release phytoncides from their flowers and leaves that kill harmful microbes in the air.
  • Peace lily – These plants will prevent mold spores in addition to absorbing moisture.
  • Citrus plants –Many varieties get too big to keep inside, but you can find smaller citrus plants to grow indoors. You’ll prevent humidity and give your home a nice lemony smell.
  • Coffee plants – These plants need a lot of water and shade to thrive. When they flower, they’ll release a tropical aroma.

And no matter what kinds of plants you have at home, it’s a good idea to try to cover the soil with small stones to prevent humidity, as the moisture in the soil can send vapor into the air through evaporation.

2. Check for water leaks

Leaking faucet can increase humidity in the home

Water leaks not only waste water and add to your household budget, they can also make your home humid and cause mold to form.

Check for water leaks by going to your water meter and seeing if its leak detection dial is active. You can also try this experiment:

Block off a two-hour window where you don’t use any water. Check the meter at the start of those two hours and again at the end. If the meter reads higher even after you haven’t used any water, there’s a good chance you have a leak.

3. Shorten your shower

That long, hot shower your take every day can add to the humidity in your home. Solve this problem by taking shorter showers, turning down the water temperature and installing a low- flow showerhead. Besides, on a hot day, a cooler shower can make you feel less stressed and more energetic.

Table top fan to help cool your home4. Boost the ventilation in your home

Instead of turning on your ac and heating system, switch on a fan. This can help circulate the air and remove the humidity in your home.

You can also keep a few windows open for maybe 15 minutes each day. It helps bring fresh air inside, balance humidity levels and remove indoor air pollutants.

5. Investigate your local HVAC companies

If you’ve tried these solutions and things still feel kind of swampy at home, you may want to talk to a professional heating and cooling repair company.

The professionals at All Seasons Comfort Control are ready to inspect your HVAC system and make sure it’s working to the best of its ability.

An efficient air conditioning system is often the quickest, most reliable way to keep your home free from humidity. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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