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How to Lower Humidity Levels in the House

By December 7, 2022No Comments

Humidity may not always be something we consider in our homes, but it is an important aspect nonetheless. A humidity range of 40-60% is recommended as the optimal level. This level sees pathogens as less transmissible and is low enough that rot and mildew don’t set in. But what do you do when your humidity levels are too high? Here’s everything you need to know to lower humidity levels in the house. 

How Do I Know If My Humidity Levels Are Too High?

First, it is important to be able to recognize when the humidity in your home is too high. There are a variety of signs to look out for including: 

  • Condensation on cooler surfaces
  • Peeling paint
  • Walls or floors feeling moist
  • Growing mold or mildew

If you notice some of these signs, it might be best to have your home’s humidity levels checked with a tool called a hygrometer

How Does High Humidity Affect My Home? 

Excessive humidity in your home can lead to many issues including: 

  • Increased allergy symptoms
  • Warped wooden floors
  • Bad odors in the home
  • Growth of mold and mildew
  • Peeling paint and wallpaper
  • Stained walls and ceilings
  • Higher energy usage

It’s important to address high humidity levels fast to save you money and protect your health. 

Use a Dehumidifier

The most obvious solution to lowering humidity levels is to use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier works by pulling in warm air through refrigerated coils which draw out the condensation from the air. It then releases cool, dry air back into the home. Dehumidifiers can have many benefits if used properly. Dehumidifiers are often a pricier option, but there are many more ways to lower your home’s humidity. 

Keep the Air Moving

Opening your windows can keep the air moving throughout your home and prevent humid air from settling. Using fans can also go a long way to circulate air and push it throughout your home. Turning on the extraction fan in the bathroom during a long shower is a great practice. Oftentimes, moving air is much better than stagnant air, and proper ventilation is a huge part of lowering humidity. 

Check for Leaks

Water often seems to find its way into homes at the most inconvenient of times. Ensure that excess water isn’t creeping into your house from the roof or brickwork. Be sure to check your home after severe storms or heavy rainfall as well when intruding water becomes common. 

Take Advantage of Your HVAC System

Air conditioners not only cool down your home, but they also remove humidity from the air. This is a better tip for when temperatures are hot, but keeping your home at a constant temperature will help your AC to work efficiently in cooling the air and lowering your humidity levels. An important aspect here is to ensure the HVAC unit you are using is the right size for your home. If you are experiencing unusually high levels of humidity, be sure to have your system inspected by the professionals. 

Check Your Carpet

Carpet and rugs are notorious for retaining moisture. Perhaps a more permanent adjustment, but replacing carpet with wood or tile flooring can help to reduce excess humidity. 

Call the Professionals

There are many different reasons your home might be experiencing higher levels of humidity. While some of these will be obvious to the homeowner, having an HVAC expert inspect your home could save you a lot of time and money on repairs. The professionals at Lowery are here to ensure you stay healthy and comfortable in your home! Call now to see how we can help. 

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