We Floridians are used to higher humidity, but that doesn’t need to carry over into our homes. An indoor humidity of around 45% is ideal. If you’re seeing a lot of condensation or foggy windows, your home is most likely too humid. Here are 5 helpful ways you can fix that by lowering your home’s humidity.
There are plenty of DIY solutions but a dehumidifier is the most simple. Most run very quietly and it is a “set it and forget it” solution. However, they can also be one of the more expensive ways to lower your home’s humidity. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if this is the right solution for your home.
#2: Use a Kitchen Exhaust Fan
Cooking can generate a lot of warm, wet air, especially if you’re boiling pasta or steaming vegetables. No matter what type of cooking you’re doing, turning on the exhaust fan will help ventilate the space and prevent that hot, humid air from being trapped inside the home.
#3: Indoor Plants
Plants are a great way to add color to your home, but they can absolutely affect indoor humidity and the comfort of your home. Over-watering your plants will lead to higher humidity, so only water them when necessary. When deciding which plants to keep indoors be mindful of their effects on humidity. Generally, plants with large leaves and ones from tropical environments increase humidity, while other plants, such as the Boston Fern, will decrease humidity in the home.
#4: Avoid Long, Hot Showers
Especially on days with high outdoor humidity, long, hot showers can add a lot of moisture to the air. If you do prefer those types of showers, use the fan in your bathroom to move that air around and make it evaporate quicker.
This is the easiest way to lower humidity indoors. This affects nearly every other tip on the list because it’s that important. Warm, humid air will stay that way unless ventilated. Moving that air with a fan or running the AC will make the water in the air evaporate much faster and lead to a more comfortable home. This also applies to the places in your home you may not visit as much, such as an attic or crawl space. The more ventilation the better when it comes to high levels of indoor humidity.
We hope these tips helped! If you ever need air conditioning or heating help, just give us a call at (352) 310-0022