Tips To Manage Humidity In The Home

Posted on: 15 December 2016

Humidity in the home can be a real problem. The constant state of high moisture can lead to mold and mildew problems, which in turn can cause structural damage, damage to textiles, and breathing problems. High humidity can also be just plain uncomfortable. The following tips can help you manage the humidity in your home.

Tip #1: Install ventilation fans

Anywhere that produces moisture should have a fan that vents to the outside of the home. The most obvious locations are in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Bathroom fans can be switch operated or designed to come on when the light is turned on. In the kitchen, have a fan installed over the stove at a bare minimum. If you wash dishes in hot water by hand or cook in steaming small countertop appliances, you may want to consider a whole-kitchen fan.

Tip #2: Vent dryers to the outdoors

Don't skip on the dryer vent. Allowing it to vent indoors releases a lot of problem humidity. Not only should it vent out and away from the house, you also need to make sure the vent duct is well secured with no leaks. Otherwise, you are still letting the moist air inside. As an aside, also avoid air drying clothing indoors as much as possible. Instead, hang laundry up to dry outside.

Tip #3: Cut down on moisture-holding surfaces

In humid climates, any surface that holds moisture just makes the problem worse. For example, opt for hardwood or tile instead of carpet, blinds instead of drapes, and paint instead of fabric wallpaper when it comes to decorating your home. If you use a fireplace, store wood outside in a wood shed instead of inside, since moisture often evaporates out of firewood. Anything you can do to cut down on moisture-holding surfaces can help you fight humidity.

Tip #4: Install a home dehumidifier

A whole house dehumidifier can solve many of your problems. In cold climates with moderate humidity issues, a desiccant-style unit works well because it doesn't produce any water that can freeze. A refrigerant model works best in moderate to high humidity areas in warm climates, since they cannot be used in areas with cold temperatures. There are also models of dehumidifiers available that are made to work with small rooms or specific problem areas.

Talk to a contractor to help determine the best dehumidification option for your specific climate and needs.