How can you reduce home humidity?

Spring has sprung here in eastern North Carolina! With warm spring weather and summer quickly approaching, humidity is on the rise. Although we may be used to humidity this time of year outside the home, humidity inside the home can be uncomfortable and can create problems. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce the humidity in your home this spring and summer!

Ventilation is key, especially in spaces that create moisture such as bathrooms and kitchens. Showering, washing machines, dryers, stoves and other household appliances can affect the moisture in the air in your home. Ventilating will help dry out the air. Make sure you have exhaust fans or a ventilation system that vents to the exterior of the home. You can always open a window for a few minutes to dry out the air. Ceiling fans can also increase ventilation.

Plants release moisture vapor into the air. You can temporarily place house plants outside or put them all in one room. Also, firewood contains a great amount of water that will evaporate when stored indoors. It’s best to keep wood outside.

Make sure to keep gutters and downspouts clean. This will prevent water from standing at or around the foundation of the home.

You may also consider using a dehumidifier. If maintaining a comfortable and safe humidity in your home has become difficult or your home is not easily ventilated, using a dehumidifier may be the answer. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air to maintain a good indoor humidity. For optimal effectiveness, dehumidifiers work best with closed doors and windows.

If your home has a high relative humidity and you need help getting rid of moisture, call the Mold Whackers today! Our team of certified specialists is ready and able to solve your moisture problem so that you can live in a safe and healthy environment. Call today for a free consultation!

March 25, 2016