In the southeastern United States, many homeowners struggle with high indoor humidity. This creates an environment conducive to mold and pests and contributes to poor indoor air quality. While the climate in your area is not something you can control, you can take steps to reduce humidity at home.

Bathroom Ventilation to Reduce Humidity at Home

Make sure that your bathroom has adequate ventilation. A fan built into the ceiling is an excellent way to dispel moisture during showers. The fan should vent to the outside of the home, not into the attic or ceilings. Use your bathroom fan when bathing or showering, and let it run for at least 10-15 minutes after you’re finished.

Kitchen Ventilation

A range hood in the kitchen will draw moisture and smoke out of the home. If indoor humidity is a real problem, try cooking with less water. A smaller pan of water heats more quickly and doesn’t produce as much steam. It may seem like a small step, but every step counts when you need to reduce humidity at home. Another option to decrease moisture in the air is cooking outside on the grill instead of inside the kitchen.

Reduce Humidity at Home With Portable Dehumidifiers

Portable dehumidifiers can be placed in the specific problem area of your home. Look for energy conserving brands, empty the reservoir, and check filters regularly. It’s also helpful to clean the reservoir with a bleach solution from time to time.

Whole House Dehumidifier

A whole house dehumidifier is designed to be part of the HVAC system. It usually has its own gauge for measuring humidity and will work without requiring much attention from you. The system should be inspected regularly along with the furnace to make sure it is in good working order. Once the initial installation is done, a whole house dehumidifier saves energy when compared with portable models. The unit serves to reduce moisture throughout the house and also lowers monthly air conditioning costs.

Windows, Basements, and More

Old, poorly sealed windows allow moisture into the house. Replace old windows and doors to make your home more airtight. Reseal any doors or windows in the basement as well. You can effectively reduce humidity at home only after you have eliminated air leaks from windows and doors.

Some of these measures are easy and inexpensive solutions. Others are a long-term investment that will increase your home’s value and provide years of comfortable living. The result will be indoor air quality that is healthier for you and your family.

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