Humidity can make the heat feel a lot worse when you are outdoors during the summer. High levels of humidity result in more sweat, more lethargy, and other similar effects. Too much humidity in your home can do these things as well, plus harm your house (e.g. introducing mold on your walls) and overall health. The good news is you can easily reduce the amount of humidity in your home. Here are some tips to get you started.
Make sure you increase the ventilation in your home. This means engaging in practices such as opening windows in rooms with high humidity or not closing the door to the bathroom after you take a hot shower. The smaller the space, the longer the moisture in the air will stick around. Introducing new air to the space will help dissipate the moisture faster.
Take Short Showers
Taking a hot shower at the end of a stressful day is a fantastic way to unwind, there is no doubt about it. However, the longer you take in the shower, the more humidity you are introducing into the air. Thus, if you are experiencing too much humidity in your home, reduce the length of time you spend in the shower. For instance, if you normally take 20 minutes in the shower, try to aim for 15 or even just 10 minutes!
Circulate the Air
Stagnant air increases the amount of humidity as well as the impact it has on you (meaning, you feel the humidity more when the air is not moving). To combat this, you can use any number of fans in your home to keep the air moving. For instance, turn on the bathroom exhaust fan after a shower, regularly run ceiling fans, and plug in other fans. You may even use your oven’s fan if the humidity is particularly high in your kitchen.
Turn On a Dehumidifier
If you are really struggling, the good news is that there is a quick and easy fix for high humidity issues: the dehumidifier. These machines make taking the excess moisture out of the air a piece of cake. Depending on what you purchase, you will likely be able to modify the settings to fit your specific needs.
Check for Leaks
If pipes under your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or anywhere else in your home have leaks in them, you will get a buildup of moisture and eventually humidity in your air. Make a point of checking for any leaks in your home to be sure you are not inadvertently adding humidity (as well as numerous other issues) into your environment.
Be Vigilant in the Kitchen
Sometimes people find there is an excess amount of humidity in their kitchens, including around their fridge, which can cause food to spoil faster. To help with this, always put a lid over your soup or when you are making pasta in a pot. You can also place your dehumidifier in the kitchen, or even make the temperature of your fridge a little bit colder (in general, cold air is dryer).