Humidity describes the amount of water vapor in the air, and temperature dictates how much moisture the atmosphere can hold. When your home becomes extremely humid, it results in more water molecules in the air, which binds odorous particles faster and carries them farther. A humid home can also lead to mold growth, pest infestation and health problems. Here’s how you can ensure your home doesn’t become too humid and impact your comfort this summer.
Limit the Amount of Plants in Your Home
Although some houseplants can improve indoor air quality, placing too many in your home can lead to excess moisture in the air. That’s because plants release water upon opening their pores to absorb carbon dioxide. If you have a lot of plants in your home, consider moving some outside. Remember to also avoid over-watering them.
Ventilate Your Home Properly
Properly ventilating your home is an important step to avoiding humid indoor conditions. When taking a hot shower, remember to use the ventilation fan or open a window to ventilate steam. Another area where you should use a ventilation fan is in the kitchen when you’re cooking, since steam from boiling can also cause humidity.
Fans increase circulation and decrease condensation in your home, which helps avoid humid conditions. Place portable or standing fans in the most humid rooms of your home, including the kitchen, the bathroom and the attic.
Invest in a High-Quality Dehumidifier
Although it’s an upfront investment, a dehumidifier will make your home feel cooler and lessen your air conditioning system’s overall workload, which will result in lower energy bills during the summer. A whole-house dehumidifier can be attached to your existing HVAC system to solve humidity problems. To avoid health effects and illness, it’s recommended that you aim for a humidity level between 45 and 55 percent in your home.
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