Summers in Tampa Bay, Fla. mean sweltering levels of both heat and humidity. Excessive moisture inside your house can lead to damage and set the stage for mold and mildew growth. Since 1973, the expert technicians at Climate Design have addressed indoor air quality (IAQ) issues for home and business owners throughout West Central Florida. If you’re struggling with a humid house and aren’t sure where to start, here are six proven ways to reduce moisture levels and enjoy a comfortable haven even in the height of summer.
5 Signs Your Home is Too Humid
- Mold Spots or Water Damage & Stains
- Condensation or Foggy Windows
- Musty Odor
- Increased Allergy Symptoms
- Rotting Wood
6 Ways to Reduce Humidity Levels at Home
Ideal in-home humidity levels should stay around 45 percent. Anything under 30 percent is too low, and anything over 50 percent is too high. High humidity is not only a comfort problem, but can also lead to an unhealthy environment. According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, mildew and mold growth can occur in just a few days if the conditions are right. If you’re experiencing levels on the higher side of this gauge, here are some ways you can tackle the dilemma:
1. Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate
The first and most important thing you can do to reduce moisture levels inside is to ventilate. This cannot be stressed enough. Ensure the areas of your home most prone to moisture–like the bathroom and kitchen–are well-ventilated. If you have vent fans in these areas, turn them on and keep them running longer than normal. If you don’t have vent fans in these areas, you should consider having some installed. You can also use ceiling fans to help ventilate other areas of your home.
2. Colder and Shorter Showers
Bathrooms are one of the most humid spots in the house, and mildew is prone to grow here. A simple way to tackle this problem is by taking colder, shorter showers. You’ll avoid the steam produced from a hot shower and ensuing condensation. You can also use a low-flow showerhead, which will lower the pressure and help conserve water usage. If you’re not up for a new showerhead investment, simply don’t fully open the tap and shower under a less powerful stream.
3. Cooking Control
While cooking, cover pots and pans while boiling food to reduce excess moisture and heat. Use your stove exhaust fans and try to avoid oven and stovetop cooking as much as possible. A slow cooker will produce less humidity, so this may be a better option for summer.
4. Cover House Plants
The soil of your house plants is a place for moisture to gather. Plants release moisture vapor into the air, which can become a humidity issue if you have a number of indoor plants. Try moving your plants outside for a bit, or cover the soil to reduce humidity levels and the need for frequent watering.
5. Keep Firewood Outside
Freshly cut wood contains large amounts of water. When stored indoors, this water evaporates and moisture is released inside your home. Avoid unnecessary additional humidity by keeping your firewood outside or in the garage.
6. Use Your AC to Your Advantage
Run your AC to prevent humidity buildup. As air becomes warmer, it is able to hold a greater mass of moisture. Evaluate your home’s humidity levels using your humidistat. Running your air conditioner will remove moisture at the condenser and dehumidify as it cools the air. You can also lower the airflow speed. The lower the airflow, the lower the evaporator coil temperature.
If your AC system doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, check out our blog: Why Is My AC Not Removing Humidity?
Find Humidity-Free Comfort With Climate Design
If you and your family are suffering the discomfort of a muggy, hot and humid home, help is here. Since 1973, our team of experienced and highly trained technicians have solved indoor air issues for home and business owners across Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, Fla. Want to learn more about our methods of in-home moisture control? Call us today at (888) 572-7245 or visit us online to request a free estimate on all of our AC and plumbing services.