Indoor Humidity: How to Lower it Naturally

humidityHigh humidity can be one of the most unpleasant climate variables in South Florida.  Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air.  Outside it indicates the likelihood of rain or fog.  The higher the temperature of the air the more moisture it can hold. This makes our sweltering air quite humid.

What Happens When the Humidity Comes Inside Your Home?

High humidity creates idea conditions for pest growth including mold and moths and can rot the structures of your home.  Many people have allergies to the organisms that thrive in moist conditions.   Reactions include rashes, sneezing or chronic allergies.   People often start looking into their indoor humidity when they notice a musty smell or wake up feeling stuffy every day.

 

Air Conditioning Systems by design reduce humidity in the air.  When moist outside air comes in, it passes through a cold evaporator coil.  This creates a lower dew point, or temperature that the air will sustain a given amount of water.  The excess moisture is released into condensation and colder, dryer air comes into your home.

Even with modern HVAC Systems working at full speed we can find that indoor humidity is a problem.  This can surprisingly be more prominent in the winter when the air conditioner is running less.

Here are some things that you can do to reduce indoor humidity.

Keep the air fresh.

Circulate fresh air.  Stagnant air creates conditions that lead to mold and other problems.  Try to create an environment of good air flow in your home.  Turn on some fans to keep air moving throughout your home.  Try opening a couple of windows to create a cross breeze.

Check Your Ventilation.  Make sure your dryer and oven hood are properly ventilating outside.   Clothes dryers can send the moisture from your laundry back into your house if they are not properly ventilated.   Check the ventilation above your stove and make sure you are always using the exhaust fan when cooking.  Some over-the-range microwaves don’t properly ventilate. They could be installed on the wrong setting to be effective at removing the moisture coming off of the boiling pot on your stove.  The best kitchen ventilation is a hood that is installed to take the exhaust out of the house.

Watch the moisture you are adding to the air.

Trim down the long hot showers.  Long, hot showers are relaxing but they raise the humidity in your house.  If you are trying to control indoor moisture, try shorting your shower, lowering the water temperature or at least keeping the exhaust fan on until your bathroom is completely dry.

 

Get a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is a great air treatment solution for removing excess moisture from your indoor environment and restoring a healthy humidity level. Dehumidifiers run quietly and can reduce your energy cost by making your air conditioner run more efficiently.  They can even make your bread, fruits and vegetables last longer without getting stale.

Check for standing water.

Don’t over water house plants.  Standing water in the bottom of planters evaporates back into the air leading to indoor humility.  Consider moving plants that need to consume a lot of water outside.

Check the perimeter of your house.  Make sure air conditioning drain lines and drip pans are clear and free of debris.   Check gutters and downspouts to ensure they are draining properly and not obstructed.  Make Sure that rain water is not pooling and sitting around your foundation.

Ask your 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration Conditioning expert during your next service or installation visit how you could benefit from reducing the humidity in your space or call 954.613.5155 for more information.

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