When moisture sneaks into your home, it can cause humidity to rise.
Therefore, the first step is to ensure that you take all possible measures to prevent moisture from entering your home.
1. Precautions at home
If the floor of your crawl space is dirty, cover it with a polyethylene floor covering. Make sure you have dry soil and there is no standing water in the area. If needed, use a fan to help you dry the area.
Make sure that your dryer duct is directly outside for ventilation. If it doesn't do this, you will actually encounter a dangerous situation that could cause a fire and cause high humidity.
2. Run the exhaust fan at home
The fans in the kitchen and bathroom are there for a reason-to help give off unpleasant smells and excessive humidity.
Did you know that if you leave it in a room for 24-48 hours, humidity above 55% can cause mold and bacteria to grow? This is just another reason to keep checking.
Whenever you have to cook or take a bath, turn on the exhaust fan to prevent excess water from draining.
3. Use a dehumidifier
If your indoor humidity level is hovering at 65% or higher, then it is time to buy a dehumidifier. A portable dehumidifier can do the job, but if you have enough budget, you can buy a whole-house dehumidifier.
4. Grow plants that absorb humidity
Some plants, such as Boston ferns, can remove moisture from the air. Not only do you reduce humidity levels and energy consumption, but you also help the environment by removing more carbon dioxide and adding more oxygen!
5. Don't boil water on particularly humid days
Some of the boiling water turns into steam, which is then absorbed into the rest of the air in your home. If it is really humid outside, no matter how hard you try, some of it will enter your home. Don't increase your humidity level further by boiling water!
Lowering humidity may be one of the lesser-known energy-saving techniques. But your energy bill, maybe your health, will thank you.
6. Dry the clothes
One of the surprising sources of humidity in the home is laundry. This stems from exposure to moisture in the home when wet clothes are hung indoors. Poor ventilation in some rooms can make the situation worse. To prevent wet clothes from increasing humidity, you can use a dryer or simply hang wet clothes outside to prevent moisture from affecting your home.