5 Tips for Controlling Indoor Humidity Levels at Home

by Editor on July 20, 2013

7Feb09 ~ no air-con here

If you’re someone who battles with allergies, asthma or you simply want the inside of your house to feel more comfortable, something that you might want to consider is making sure to control the levels of humidity that you may have in your home.

We say this because have you ever gone outside and noticed that it feels hotter than it actually is? That’s because of the humidity, the moisture that is in the air. And just like humidity can affect us outside, it can also affect the rooms inside of our homes in a very similar fashion. And over time, that moisture can lead to health issues as well as mold and mildew.

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do in order to control the indoor humidity levels that you have within your home. That’s why we wanted to provide you with a few tips on how you can do just that below:

Get a programmable thermostat. Something that you can do to better regulate the temperature in your house is to get a programmable thermostat. Just make sure that it’s one that has a humidity controller on it as well because it will help you to better gauge the percentage of humidity that is in the various rooms of your house.

Purchase some exhaust fans. If there are two rooms in the house that tend to experience the most humidity, it would definitely have to be the kitchen and the bathroom. After all, that is where we tend to use the most water. Something that you can do to pull a lot of the moisture out of the air in those rooms is install some exhaust fans. You can turn the one on in your bathroom right after you step out of the shower and leave the other on in the kitchen as you are cooking.

Turn on your ceiling fans. An energy efficient thing that you can do to draw moisture out of the air is to turn on your ceiling fans. Not only does it increase air circulation and keep the rooms in your house cool, but it helps to keep your home well ventilated too. (Another tip: open up your windows for a few hours each day; this also helps to “dry out” the rooms in your house.)

Check for plumbing leaks. It would be a shame to do all of these things to regulate your humidity if you have some undetected leaks in your house. So, if your toilet is not working properly, you see some chipping paint or damp wood under your kitchen sink, have a plumber come out and check your home for leaks. While they’re inspecting your home, you might also want to request that they check for optimal performance from your heat pump too as sometimes that can also cause problems.

Buy a dehumidifier. Of course, we couldn’t do an article like this without mentioning the most important purchase that you could make and that’s to get a dehumidifier. This is especially important during the spring and fall months when the air is cooler and your heat pump is not working quite as much. We recommend purchasing one that has a digital meter that actually displays the humidity levels on the front of it. That way, you can be confident that your house is humidity free.

photo by: grace_kat

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