When your home is humid, it becomes a perfect environment for mildew and mold growth. Mold can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs. With high humidity, your floors and walls may even begin to deteriorate, the paint will peel, and wooden structures will rot. Here are ways to reduce humidity in your home.

How to Measure Humidity

If the air in your home often feels heavy or sticky and uncomfortable, measure the amount of moisture in the air. The easiest way is to buy a hygrometer. These devices are inexpensive, easy to use, and available at your local hardware store. A healthy humidity level in your home is between 30-50%.

Causes of Moisture Problems

Plumbing issues are a common reason for moisture problems. Leaking pipes and dripping faucets add to the humidity in the air. The same is true of roof leaks and overflowing gutters. Repair plumbing and drainage issues around the house to prevent water damage and lower humidity.

Reduce Humidity for a Healthy Home

There are plenty of simple ways to reduce humidity inside your house. Here are a few tips to make your home healthier and more comfortable.

Install a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are designed specifically to remove moisture from the air. There are different sizes available; these appliances are usually sold by the square footage of the area they will treat. Choose the correct size to get the best results. You’ll need to remember to empty the reservoir when it fills to keep the machine running.

Run the Air Conditioner

Your air conditioning system circulates cool, dry air through your home. Keep windows and doors closed when your air conditioner is running, otherwise, humid air from outdoors will enter the house.

Use Ventilation to Reduce Humidity in the Home

While preparing a meal on the stove, keep the range hood fan on. After cooking, leave it running for a few minutes so it will continue to remove moisture. Use the ventilation fan when taking a shower. The bathroom tends to have higher levels of moisture, so good airflow in this room is important. If you don’t have a ventilation fan, open the windows to ventilate the room. Improved circulation will dry the area more quickly and help lower humidity.

Reducing moisture will decrease the likelihood of mold growth and help family members breathe easier. You’ll protect your property and loved ones when you lower the humidity in the air.

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