JP Heating & Air Conditioning in Kalamazoo Shares Ways to Lower Your Home’s Humidity
Excess humidity in your home can cause serious problems like mold, mildew, and moisture-related damage. And, besides helping to prevent problems in your home, decreasing humidity can save you money on cooling costs and make you feel more comfortable. In this post, JP Heating & Air Conditioning in Kalamazoo will look at six things you can do to help lower the humidity in your home.
Run an air conditioner. Air conditioners help cool your home by removing the hot, humid air that is inside and replacing it with cooler, less humid air.
Ensure your home is ventilated. One of the best ways to keep the humidity in your home at a reasonable level is to ensure your home is properly ventilated. In particular, because they experience the highest levels of humidity, your bathrooms and kitchen should have an exhaust fan installed.
Take shorter, less hot showers. While exhaust fans work wonders at removing humidity in your bathroom, they aren’t able to remove all of the moisture. During the muggier months, taking shorter, cooler showers can help reduce the humidity levels through your entire home.
Keep your gutters clean and maintained. Keeping your gutters clean, maintained, and functioning properly can help to lower your home’s humidity by effectively carrying water away from your home’s foundation and preventing water leaks.
Replace or repair your doors and windows. If you have drafty windows and doors, they’re likely causing increased humidity throughout your home. If you’re seeing moisture buildup between your windows panes, it’s time to replace them. However, you may be able to prevent humidity by using plastic film, weather stripping, and caulk on windows and doors that aren’t quite in need of replacement.
Run a dehumidifier. If you’re unable to control the humidity in your home via other methods, it may be a good idea to get a dehumidifier. There are many whole-home and energy efficient options available.