How to Reduce Humidity in the Home

 

 

 1. Check if Your Pipes are Leaking

Leaking pipes might not pop into your head when it comes to indoor humidity. However, this can certainly be a contributing factor. If moisture is coming from the pipes—including condensation—you might find yourself with a home that’s more humid than you’d like.

Want to insulate indoor pipes on the cheap? Consider using a few pool noodles. You can find these at the dollar store to cut down your spending even more. Slide them down the long side like a hot dog bun and fit them over the pipes, taping them around with duct tape if necessary.

2. Improve Basement Drainage

Have a humid basement? Excess moisture in this area of your home can spell trouble. One way to reduce humidity here is to improve drainage. According to Energy Star, extending your downspouts away from the foundation of your home can help. You’ll also want to keep your gutter clear of debris, which can be accomplished by installing gutter guards to block out leaves, twigs, and more.

3. Take Advantage of Your HVAC System

If you have an air conditioning system in your home, use this to your advantage. One of the ways that air conditioning keeps your home cool is by reducing indoor humidity. According to HGTV, the ideal humidity level in the home is between 30%-60%. An air conditioning system can help regulate the humidity in your home and make you feel more comfortable.

4. Encourage Air Flow

If you don’t have an AC system, try to promote airflow in your home. Try using some standalone fans to increase the air to move from room to room. Fans will also help you make you feel cooler by removing moisture from your skin. A dehumidifier can also help the cooling process in combination with fans. HGTV suggests that you choose a system that can remove up to 90 points of humidity from the air.

How do You Know if Your Home’s Humidity is too High?

If humidity levels are too high in your home, you might find signs such as condensation on your windows. You may also discover an excess of static electricity or peeling paint.

Follow these tips to stay cool this summer, and consider upgrading to energy efficient windows to keep your energy bills low. Contact us today to learn more.