How To Reduce Humidity Inside Your Home

By Subodh / June 21, 2014

High humidity is a cause of many health problems. It may give rise to allergic reactions because of the microscopic organisms that flourish in humidity. Humidity inside your home encourages the growth of molds and dust mites. These allergens can not only pose the risk of allergies but also serious problems like asthma and rhinitis. These organisms live everywhere in your house, on tabletops, mattresses, carpets, walls etc. the molds are not only a blot on the landscape but also release mold spores into the environment that can cause serious health and respiratory problems. These are especially harmful for children, old people and those already suffering from respiratory problems. Besides creating the health problems humidity also damage your walls and furniture. The best way to deal with the harmful allergens is to keep the humidity level at check inside your home. The normal range of humidity is thirty to fifty percent of water content in the air.

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Open Windows

Opening windows allow the cross ventilation in your house. If you have windows in rooms with high usage of water, like bathrooms and kitchen, keep them open. This will make sure that the humidity is not trapped inside your house.

Turn on Exhaust Fans

You can install exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and rooms without any windows. Turning it on whenever necessary will lower the humidity level in your house. They also stop the moist air from escaping to other rooms in your house.

Exhaust Fans

Shorten Your Shower Time

The most likely cause of high humidity level in the air is steam coming from bathrooms with improper ventilation. The steam which has nowhere to go will keep the air of your house humid. Reduce the time spent in long showers. Needless to say that it will also save water as well as the energy that goes in heating the water.

Do Not Add too Many Plants

Indoor plants looks beautiful and also purify air. However, they also create excess humidity. Check your plants for the sign of molds. If you find a mold in your plants or pots then it is likely that they are the cause of excess humidity. Put some of them away from your house and notice if there is a change in your air.

Indoor Plants

Repair Leakage

If there is any leakage in your house immediately call a plumber to repair it. Water seeping from these leakages can reach other places in your home through walls. Check for any leaking taps, rooftops or pipes.

Do Not Hang Damp Clothes Inside

If you have a humidity problem, do not hang wet and damp clothes inside your house. The water evaporating from these clothes will only aggravate the humidity problem of your home. Whenever possible hang them outside under the direct sun.

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Install an AC

An ideal solution for humidity is to install Air Conditioning Units. The AC will reduce the moisture in the air while cooling it. During winters some of the humid rooms develop condensation. Install extra insulation to prevent the humidity in these rooms.

Dehumidifier

If the humidity level at your home is too high, that is, more than 50 percent then consider installing a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier removes excess moisturizer from the air without cooling it down. It is easily available in any departmental store.

Using these tips you can easily control the moisture in your home. There are other simple measures you can take to make sure that the humidity in the air remains on an average level. For example, if you are boiling water make sure to cover it with lid to keep escaping the steam in the air. Keep doing audit of your home every once in a while to make sure that nothing unwanted is growing. For instance, keep checking under old carpets or places of probable leakages and look for any sign of molds or condensation. You can also consider replacing your old carpets, furniture and doors.