All of us have had moments when we’ve watched a weather report on television and heard the meteorologist say that it’s one temperature outside, but due to the heat index, it actually feels a lot warmer than that. The underlying cause of the hotter temperature is humidity.
Well, just as humidity outside can be unpleasant when it’s inside of our homes, it can make us uncomfortable too. Not just because we feel warmer (which means that we end up spending more on energy costs to cool the rooms in our house down), but humidity can also aggravate allergy symptoms and even lead to peeling paint as well as mold and mildew infestations.
In the effort to prevent this from happening in your home, we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with a few helpful tips about how to dehumidify your home without spending a lot of money. This way, you can feel cooler, and your budget can remain intact too:
Check for water leaks.
One of the greatest causes of moisture in the air is water leaks. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your pipes and toilets and also to look down in your basement for any signs of water spills. If you see some, you should call over a plumber and have the area inspected.
Get a couple of exhaust fans.
The two rooms in the house that tend to get the most humid is the kitchen and the bathroom. Well, something that you can do to “dry out” the air is to install some exhaust fans. Simply run them after you run your dishwasher or take a shower. You’ll definitely notice a difference.
Have fewer plants.
Here’s the thing about plants. On one hand, the help to make the rooms in our house more beautiful while also naturally purifying the air. On the other, they are actually the cause of more moisture going into the air. So, although we encourage you to own plants, try and keep the amount per room to 2-3 of them.
Let them air dry.
Dishwashers and dryers can certainly make our lives more convenient yet here’s the thing: when dishwashers are running on the dry cycle or you have your dryer running for 45 minutes to an hour, you are definitely going to make the rooms in your house more humid.
There is something that you can do about it, though. Try air drying your dishes more often, and when it comes to your clothes, during the summer months, put some on a line outside. It will be like having the “spring fresh scent” without actually having to pay for dryer sheets.
Service your HVAC unit.
Another cause for moisture in the air? Your HVAC unit. So, in order to make sure that it’s running at an optimal level, have a professional technician come over to inspect the unit, talk to you about your HVAC filter options and look to see if there are any leaks around it. It’s worth the investment because a well-running unit will save you money on energy costs and help to keep the humidity out of the air too.