While there are certainly benefits to keeping your home’s indoor air from becoming either too humid or too dry, there’s a fine line between healthy humidity levels and unsafe dampness. Too much moisture can foster mold growth, encourage ants, cockroaches and other pests as well as cause long-term damage to foundations and structures. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to naturally lower your home’s humidity levels.
1. Maintain Adequate Ventilation
One of the biggest culprits of high humidity is stagnant air. Cooking, washing and bathing all release humidity into an environment, and poor ventilation allows it to stay. Ensure that vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms are working properly, or install them if they are not present.
2. Use Naturally Absorbent Materials to Lower Humidity
Certain natural materials, such as Japanese white charcoal, can help absorb moisture and odors from the air. To keep poorly ventilated areas (especially closets) from feeling damp and smelling musty, place baskets of charcoal inside. When the charcoal seems to stop working effectively, simply place it in the sunlight for a few hours to dry for re-use. Once it is no longer usable, it can be composted.
3. Keep Basements Dry
Damp and leaky basements frequently contribute to an excess of indoor humidity. Keep gutters from overflowing, avoid over watering outdoor plants adjacent to the home and ensure that downspouts extend at least three to five feet from the foundation. Splash blocks under your gutter spouts can help absorb water and direct the water further from the foundation.
4. Keep HVAC Systems Maintained
Make sure the condensate drain lines on your HVAC system stay clear and unblocked. Look out for pools of water collecting under your unit, condensation forming on ducts, “dirty sock” smells and other signs that the system may need some maintenance, cleaning or better insulation.
Contact Blair’s Air Conditioning to Lower That Tampa Bay Humidity
If you’re experiencing high humidity levels inside your house and can’t seem to get it under control, it’s time to call in a professional. Our trained technicians provide affordable, top-of-the-line customer service to homeowners all around the Tampa Bay area. Don’t let your home and family suffer from stale, stagnant and humid air. Call Blair’s Air or complete our online form to restore comfort to your home today.