High humidity is unpleasant and may cause respiratory difficulties in some people. Take steps to reduce humidity in your home to combat mold growth, improve indoor air quality, and make your living spaces more comfortable.

How to Tell if Your Home is Too Humid

High moisture levels make your home feel hotter than it is. If you don’t have a moisture meter, look for these signs of high humidity.

  • Foggy windows with condensation are caused by trapped moisture in the house and are a sign of excess moisture.
  • If you notice mold stains in the kitchen, bathroom, or the laundry room, it is time to address the humidity levels.
  • Rotting wood is also a sign of excess moisture.
  • If allergies are becoming more severe, poor air quality in your home might be to blame.

Humidity contributes to the growth of airborne allergens like mold spores, which can easily spread throughout the house. Excess moisture in an enclosed area allows microorganisms like bacteria, dust mites, and molds to grow. When dust mites multiply on furniture and bedding, they can worsen symptoms of respiratory issues.

Easy Ways to Reduce Humidity

Use a Dehumidifier

The best way to reduce humidity at home is to use a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air by collecting it in a container. This type of machine will help manage humidity in your home. You may need more than one dehumidifier, depending on the level of moisture in the air and the size of your home.

Cook Outdoors to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

Especially on warm summer days, cooking inside can contribute to higher humidity levels. On particularly hot and humid days, serve salads, cold sandwiches, or use the grill outdoors. By doing so, you’re not adding any extra moisture to the air and you’ll also help reduce your energy bill.

Hang Wet Clothes Outside to Dry

Using your clothes dryer increases humidity, especially in the summertime when the home is already warm and working harder to maintain a cool temperature. Hanging clothes to dry indoors also releases moisture into the air. Instead, hang clothes outdoors to dry on the clothesline. To best care for your clothing, hang pieces in the shade on a warm, sunny day.

Grow Indoor Plants that Absorb Moisture

Some indoor plants help you reduce moisture and the level of carbon dioxide in the environment, both of which will improve your air quality. Indoor plants such as Boston ferns, reed palm, and English Ivy are among the best moisture-absorbing plants. Make sure to not overwater your plants to help prevent mold growth.

Fix Leaking Pipes to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

When dealing with high humidity, you do not want to worsen the problem with moisture from busted pipes. Fix all leaking pipes in your home, and wrap any exposed ones with foam insulation to prevent condensation. Signs of leaking pipes include wet spots or stains on ceilings or walls, a sudden increase in your water bill, and a lack of water pressure.

Use the Air Conditioner

The air conditioner will help to lower humidity levels as it introduces cooler air into the room. Replace the filter as recommended by the manufacturer and keep your air conditioner running during hot summer days.

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