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How to Lower Humidity in Your Home

Posted by Brittany on Aug 13, 2015 6:34:49 PM

AdobeStock_79764943Once we reach the final stretch of summer, you may find yourself riding the thermostat roller coaster, turning the temperature up and down depending on if it’s a mild day or a steamy one. However, hopping on that ride won’t be fun when it comes to getting lower humidity levels. If you want the humidity in your home to be comfortable, you need to keep moisture out. It may be tempting to open the windows in mild weather, but if it’s humid out – don’t do it. Here are some ways to lower humidity in your home.

Limit Moisture Adding Activities

A steamy shower, a bubbling pot of water on the stove, or a clothes dryer vent that’s blocked can all add to your home’s humidity levels. Think of chores this way, if it generates heat and steam, that moisture will need someplace to go – and that place is the air in your home. Keep those tasks to a minimum on humid days and you’ll feel much more comfortable in your home. 

Use A Dehumidifier

There are all different types of dehumidifiers you can buy for you home, from a portable dehumidifier – which is affordable and portable – to a whole house dehumidifier which will cost you more money to install, but will provide greater whole house comfort because it uses your duct system to dehumidify. A dehumidifier will be the extra help you need to get moisture out of the air, particularly if you have a specific problem area – like a basement or an addition that wasn’t properly sealed.

Keep The AC Running

Did you know that your air conditioner is a built-in dehumidifier for your home? That’s right – your AC cools the air and conditions it from humidity, debris, dust, and allergens. If you want to keep moisture at bay, keep your AC running. But note that it will only dehumidify your home when it is also cooling your home. That means that if it’s a milder day and your AC turns off because it’s already reached the ideal temperature you set, you may still feel the moisture in the air. If you don’t have a dehumidifier and it’s not hot enough to get the AC to turn on, you could try adding dry heat to the house in order to get the AC to run longer, suggests Keith Hill, technical support manager from Minnesota Air. 

“The humidity climbs inside (the house), and even though it’s cool (outside), it still feels somewhat uncomfortable,” he says. “I’m not saying to turn on the furnace (although that would work) but maybe it’s a good time to do some baking. Adding dry heat to the home in these conditions will make the AC run and extract more humidity.”

Whatever tricks or devices you decide to use to keep humidity levels low in your home, remember that the folks at StayComfyMinnesota.com have solutions for your home’s comfort. Visit us online to find a heating and air conditioning specialist near you.

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