How to Lower Your Home’s Indoor Humidity in Summer

Indoor HumidityWhile your air conditioner helps reduce humidity, it won’t always keep up with Florida’s high humidity levels. High indoor humidity levels can lead to discomfort, respiratory problems, mold and bacteria growth, deterioration of your home’s structural integrity, and a house that’s more inviting to pests.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends keeping the humidity level between 30% and 50%. Here are some effective ways to reduce indoor humidity in the summer.

Get a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your home’s air and makes your house feel cooler. A whole-house dehumidifier dehumidifies your entire house, while a portable dehumidifier removes excess moisture from one room.

Use Exhaust Fans

Activities like showering and boiling water add moisture to your indoor air. Running exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens removes the excess moisture created by such activities.

Insulate Your House Properly

Proper insulation reduces the humidity inside your house. When your home is adequately insulated this stops humid outdoor air from entering. Insulating areas prone to moisture, such as pipes, windows, and the attic, helps reduce your home’s humidity levels.

Run Your Ceiling Fans

Fans increase the airflow in your home, promoting the evaporation of moisture and humidity reduction. Ceiling fans are especially beneficial for rooms that feel stuffier than the rest of your home.

Keep Your Surfaces Dry

The puddles of water left behind after you’ve washed the dishes, taken a shower, or brushed your teeth may seem harmless. However, they evaporate into your home’s air. Whenever you use water, be sure to wipe up the remaining splashes of water to avoid increasing your home’s humidity.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Over time, leaks can develop in your ductwork or AC unit and raise your home’s indoor humidity levels. It’s essential to have an HVAC professional inspect your HVAC system twice a year.

The steps detailed here can significantly reduce the humidity levels in your home — as well as your energy bills. To learn more about lowering indoor humidity, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. Since 1973, we’ve served the home-comfort needs of homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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