At any moment, high in home humidity levels affect millions of households around the country. Homes that retain far too much moisture in the air often suffer from furniture and wood damage like mold and warping. For inhabitants with respiratory problems, high humidity can be a major health hazard. Fortunately, any homeowner can lower humidity in their home by using the following low-cost tricks.
Give Your HVAC a Tune-Up
Besides costing you a pretty penny in additional energy costs, poorly maintained HVAC equipment tends to bump up air moisture. Have a qualified HVAC technician swap out your filters and service or replace any internal components that are showing their age. Be sure to have the duct work and vents thoroughly cleaned. Repair any leaks in the system that are found.
Ventilate Problem Areas
The easy solution to humidity-prone rooms is to simply give the moisture a place to go that isn’t the inside of your house. For instance, venting a clothes dryer to the outside is a simple way to keep the laundry room dry without a lot of effort. Add a few inexpensive casement windows to humid rooms to open on dry, windy days.
Tightly Seal the Bathroom
It’s no secret that bathrooms are a prime spot for moisture accumulation. Installing vents that can suck out the water vapor or a window that can be opened in warmer weather is the best solution. Barring that, you can lower humidity in the rest of the house by tightening the bathroom door threshold, sealing door jambs and keeping the door closed.
Buy Water-Loving Houseplants
While the health benefits of houseplants are well established, their ability to reduce moisture isn’t as famous. Plants like English ivy, reed palm, Tillandsia and peace lily will suck moisture out of the air to a surprising degree. Start out with one of each of the aforementioned plants and position them around the house while observing the results with a humidity gauge.
Spot Dry with Rock Salt
If you have a particularly problematic area, you can use a simple trick that costs less than $10 to dry it off. Grab a few 5-gallon plastic buckets and a bag of rock salt to start. Drill holes in the bottom of one bucket and throw rock salt in it. Place that bucket in the other bucket and watch it collect moisture while in home humidity rapidly drops off.
Dry Your Clothes Outside
While venting a clothes dryer is a great way to reduce moisture, a better option is taking advantage of nature to do the drying for you. Whenever possible, use a cheap clothesline in your back yard or on the balcony. If you already have a dehumidifier running in a basement or annex, put clothes on a rack and dry them there.
Insulate Any Exposed Pipes
Uninsulated cold water pipes are a prime contributor of humidity behind the scenes. Make a thorough assessment of your home’s plumbing system and identify areas where condensation is gathering on any given pipe. Wrap those pipes with rubber or foam insulation to reduce sweating. If necessary, place a small humidifier or fan activated by a humidity meter near pipes that continue to accumulate condensation.
How Bradley Air Can Help
When lower inside humidity is the goal, there are many things that you can do. If you don’t want to spend much money up front, the tricks described here will make a big difference. At Bradley Air, we carry more than a handful of dehumidifiers that can help you to lower humidity levels ASAP. Drop us a line to see what we can do for you.