Posting Date: June 20, 2018
Posted by: Steve Ferguson, Ocala, FL Branch Manager
“It’s not the heat – it’s the humidity!” It’s a phrase that you’ve heard –and felt on your skin – a thousand times. And when hot, sticky air fills your home, it’s hard to think of anything other than how uncomfortable it makes you feel.
But there are ways to keep moisture to a minimum so you can stay comfortable in your home this summer. Here are 10 tips to taming home humidity in the months to come:
- Keep air moving – When possible, keep windows open – even slightly: A cross breeze will help humid air in your home to circulate rather than build up. Use vent fans, too – especially in your bathroom, where they can suck in damp air and vent it outside your home. If you don’t have a ventilation fan in bathroom, crack a window when you shower.
- Take shorter showers – According to Critical Cactus, only takes four to six pints of water to raise the humidity level inside of 1,000 square feet from a 15 percent to 60 percent! To control indoor humidity, try to keep your shower time under control in the summer months.
- Minimize washer and dryer use – Your washing machine also contributes to home humidity, so only wash when you have a full load. Minimize dryer use, too – when your dryer removes moisture from your clothes, that moisture has to vent somewhere. If your dryer ventilation doesn’t work perfectly (hint: it probably doesn’t), at least some of that moisture will vent into your home. Try drying your clothes on a line outside, which will also cut your energy bills.
- Change your HVAC air filters regularly – A clogged air filter restricts airflow – and as we have already seen, non-moving air will collect and retain humidity.
- Use exhaust fans while cooking – Kitchen vent fans are good for removing steam as well as smoke – use them whenever you cook. Cover boiling pots, too.
- Fix leaky pipes – Even minor leaks release moisture that will remain in your home as humidity, so if you find them, fix them quickly. Uninsulated pipes can also gather condensation, which will have the same result.
- Get your A/C serviced – A central air conditioner does more than cool the air – it also dries it. However, as your air conditioner ages, it suffers a dip in performance – especially if it’s not properly maintained. Annual HVAC tune-ups slow the aging process of your equipment (while also lowering your energy bills along the way), helping to keep your indoor air dryer.
- Invest in insulation and weatherization measures – Keeping the conditions inside your home consistent will help to minimize moisture and humidity fluctuations. Proper insulation and weather sealing will help you to do that while also cutting your bills and reducing wear and tear on your A/C or furnace ( a nice side bonus!).
- Waterproof basement walls – If you have concrete basement walls, it’s likely that ground moisture will at some point penetrate your basement and become humidity. Waterproofing basement walls will help to minimize this moisture – just be sure to choose materials that are appropriate for your basement’s construction materials.
- Invest in a whole-house dehumidifier – When it comes to taming humidity in your home, there are few options that can top installing a whole-house dehumidifier – a unit that connects with your HVAC system and integrates with a thermostat for the ultimate in climate control convenience. Simply program the level of humidity you want into your thermostat and your dehumidifier do the rest!
Use these 10 tips to have a cooler, dryer summer! And if you want to explore whole-house dehumidifier or other indoor air quality options, give us a call – we’re happy to give you a FREE, no obligation estimate on a system that’s just right for you.