Lower Humidity at Home
Wisconsin summers get hot and humid. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, the humidity can make us feel uncomfortable and cranky. To combat that, use these suggestions to reduce humidity at home and to help you feel happier.
- Ventilate – you want to ventilate your house, especially areas that create a lot of moisture, like the bathroom. Why does this help? A small amount of water (half a gallon) is enough to raise humidity levels from 15% to 60%. That small amount of water doesn’t seem like much, but it really can make a difference in your comfort level.
- Use your AC – This is a sure way to lower humidity and requires no effort on your part.
- Keep all of your house plants in one room – Plants can raise the humidity in homes, so by keeping them contained to one area, you help keep other areas cooler.
- Think about how you are cooking – be sure to cover food while you are cooking and use exhaust fans to help eliminate lots of humidity and moisture escaping into the air.
- Waterproof cement basement walls – This is one place where lots of humidity can stem if your cement basement walls are not waterproofed. You should also repair any cracks in the walls. Results are never certain with this tip, but it can help lower humidity.
- Look at your carpet – Just remember that carpet can easily retain moisture, so keep an eye out for that.
- Consider a dehumidifier – if the humidity is bothering you a lot, consider running a dehumidifier to help lower the humidity and for your house to remain a more desirable temperature.
Try using some or all of these tips to combat humidity in your home, and improve your home comfort.