Tips for Decreasing the Humidity in Your Home
Humidity can be awful to deal with, especially if it gets humid enough. Humidity can make an entire home or property feel sweaty, sticky, uncomfortable, or swelteringly hot, even at night.
Even worse, high levels of humidity can increase the chances of mold growth in your home, which can compromise the structural integrity of your house as well as the health of your loved ones.
Thankfully, there are ways to decrease the humidity in your home. Here are some tips to do just that, directly from our experts at Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning:
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- Check for leaks, cracks, and gaps in your home that may be letting humid air in when it shouldn’t be. You don’t have to have an airtight home to reduce humidity, but a house with air leaks means there’s way too much air entering the house and being trapped inside. This causes humidity in the home to rise. Once you find air leaks or gaps, use insulation material or spray foam to seal them shut.
- Ensure proper airflow. Once you've sealed all the gaps and cracks, it’s time to make sure that there’s a steady airflow blowing cool air in and out of your house. Turn on any electric fans inside your home and aim them towards your open doors and windows. This makes them act as exhaust fans, blowing out the hot and humid air so that fresh air can fill your home.
- Use anti-moisture substances to soak up humidity in small spaces. Remember those small packets of anti-moisture material that you usually find in imported snack bags? If you haven’t thrown them away along with the packaging, you can place them in small spaces such as drawers and closets to prevent moisture from gathering in those areas. You can also use uncooked rice in mesh bags as an alternative.
- Invest in an air conditioner. An air conditioner doesn’t just heat or cool rooms, it can also strip the humidity away from the air inside your house. Investing in a quality air conditioner ensures that you get decreased levels of humidity, as well as constant healthy airflow.
Excess humidity can do a lot more harm than just making us feel like we need to take multiple showers or baths just to feel clean. At Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, we are on standby ready to assist you, whether it’s in regards to your air conditioner, heating, or ductwork. Residents of St. Augustine, FL and other areas in Northeast Florida can reach us at 904-289-2355 or through our contact page for a free estimate for any of our HVAC services.