How to Fix High Humidity in House

A white portable dehumidifier sits on a tan floor in front of a white wall. To the left of the dehumidifier is a houseplant in an orange pot. To the right, a tan and brown couch.

Humidity; yuck. No one likes to deal with high humidity outside, let alone in their own home. Did you know that having humidity in house will affect your HVAC system by decreasing the energy efficiency of the unit? It’s true - high amounts of humidity in your home creates warmer air, which, in turn, will make your HVAC system work a lot harder in order to lower the air temperature. 

While that may not seem like a huge deal, having high humidity in house without trying to resolve the issue can cause long term issues with your heating and cooling system. There are plenty of easy ways to help lower the humidity in your home, including: 

Using a Dehumidifier: One thing that will probably come to mind first is a dehumidifier. Purchasing a dehumidifier is a great way to help remedy high humidity in house. There are a variety of different types of dehumidifiers on the market, including portable ones as well as ones that work for your whole home. 

Cleaning Your Air Filters: Believe it or not, running your air conditioner is a fantastic way to help cool and lower the humidity inside your house. However, regularly using your HVAC system can lead to dirty air filters. And, if you don’t regularly change your air filters, then they can get caked with debris which can prevent air flow and increase the level of humidity in your space. 

Drying Clothes Outside: This may sound silly, but it’s true! Hanging your clothes up to dry inside of your house will add to the humidity of a room. That’s because the water from your clothes is evaporating into the air and adding to the humidity level, especially if a room has bad ventilation. It’s better to use a clothes dryer or hang your clothes outside for this reason. 

Taking Cool Showers: If you’re experiencing particularly high humidity in your bathroom, try taking cooler showers, because taking hot showers will just add more moisture into the air. Taking colder or shorter showers will help combat humidity, as well as running your exhaust fan when possible.

Trying Not to Boil Water: Is the air in your home feeling particularly heavy in the kitchen area? Well, instead of boiling water to make some pasta tonight, opt for something else instead. Boiling water will turn into steam and increase the humidity of the air in your home. 

Lowering the humidity in your home is important for many reasons. For one, it will help those with allergies. Mold, mildew, and dust mites thrive in homes with high humidity, so lowering it will aid in preventing allergy attacks as well as prevent a musty smell from mold and mildew. Excess moisture in the air can also cause long term damage to your home, so making sure you keep the humidity levels low will aid in increasing the longevity of your house. 

Want to learn more about the humidity in your home or need your HVAC system serviced? Contact us at All Green today! 

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