Indoor Humidity Control Tips
That dry winter air is long gone and the thicker, more humid air of summer is on its way. Humidity in your home can make things rather uncomfortable for working, playing and sleeping, but it’s a part of our Minnesota summers. Below are some solutions to control indoor humidity.
As a guide, the relative humidity during the summer months should not exceed 55% in the main level of the house. Here is what you can do to keep the humidity at appropriate levels.
Find the source of your moisture issues
Have a professional visit and check your home for proper ventilation. Oftentimes attics are not properly vented and can trap hot humid air in your home making the entire home sticky and uncomfortable.
Another common source is a damp basement, where perhaps your concrete floors or walls are chronically damp. In that case, water sealing and re-grading the landscaping can be a fix. If that doesn’t help, a professional might also be needed to find the true source and fix of your damp basement.
Other sources of humidity in the home include normal daily living – showers, dishwashers and washing machines, wet clothes and shoes brought in from the outside, plants and even people add to the humidity levels of your home. That’s part of life. You can reduce the effects of related humidity by doing laundry and dishes at cooler times of the day, but you can’t eliminate these sources of humidity altogether.
The basic ways to control humidity in the home include:
When it’s too hot and humid, having the windows open just lets more of that sticky air into your home. Instead, use your air conditioning unit, which will replace your hot humid air with dryer and cooler air. Many air conditioning and heating systems work with humidification systems to control moisture levels in the home in both the cooling and heating seasons.
People who don’t have air conditioning units rely on stand-alone dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of moisture in the air which helps prevent condensation, mold and mildew in the home. It makes the home a touch more comfortable.
If running your dehumidifier and air conditioner doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, schedule a maintenance check-up to make sure your units are working properly and are in good condition.
You do have some control over the humidity levels in your home. Watch the weather, close windows on those especially hot and humid days, be smart about using your daily appliances, and then turn on the air conditioner when needed to keep the humidity in your home at a comfortable level. Then work, play and sleep easy.
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