Here on the shores of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, the summer humidity can have a noticeable effect on your health and home comfort. There are many ways of reducing humidity in your home, and understanding where humidity comes from is a good first step in deciding which strategy will work best.
How Indoor Humidity Develops
Environmental humidity varies by season and climate, and some days will naturally be more humid than others. Humidity issues tend to be more prevalent during summer because warm air can hold more humidity than cool air can. Humid air also holds onto heat more than dry air does, and prevents sweat from evaporating as readily from your skin to cool you down. However, humidity can also be generated by certain indoor activities like steamy showers and cooking, and some appliances like dishwashers or clothes driers that aren’t properly vented can increase your indoor humidity regardless of the outdoor weather.
Tips for Reducing Humidity Indoors
Your air conditioner provides a small amount of dehumidification simply by lowering the air temperature in your home. But for further control over your humidity, try these options:
- Install a whole-house dehumidifier. If you only have one or two problem spots, such as kitchens or bathrooms, a small portable model is another option.
- Make sure you have healthy ventilation systems in your bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms, and that dryers correctly vent to the outside.
- Seal air leaks in your ducts and walls. Wall leaks can let humid air infiltrate your home from the outside. When moisture gathers inside wall cavities, it can cause mold and mildew growth inside your walls.
- Decorate your home with houseplants that derive some of their hydration from the air. Peace lillies, Boston ferns, and tillandsia (air plants) are some choices.
- Make sure your A/C’s condensate drain is clean and that there is no standing water in or around your system.
For more advice on reducing humidity in your home, give us a call at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing!
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