Humidity is a common issue among many homeowners, and it hits hard in the summer. Not only is humidity uncomfortable, but the excess moisture can cause damage to the home, bad odors, and mold and mildew. Therefore, tackling the humidity head on will benefit in more ways than one. An overly humid home can be detectable by various factors. These factors can include moisture buildup around windows and walls, smell/signs of mold/mildew, discoloration on wood surfaces, worsening allergies, and higher energy bills. Air conditioners are a rather quick solution to a humid home, especially because they are usually on in the summer anyways. But sometimes that is not enough for certain homes who are prone to excess moisture. Luckily, there are many other easy ways to reduce humidity in the home. Here’s how.

1. Maintain Gutters

Gutters are often the culprit of indoor water leaks. Properly maintained gutters provide great protection against moisture. Therefore, they must be properly cleared out and directed away from your home. The downspout should be extended away at least six feet. They should also be repaired of holes or cracks.

2. Ensure Circulation

Good circulation and ventilation is extremely important in more ways than one. Poor ventilation, does not allow excess moisture to to move out of the house. This is where exhaust fans come in handy. Exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen vent outside to remove that moisture created from showering, laundry, washing dishes, cooking, etc. Even a ceiling fan or box fan will help circulate air. Whatever fan you’ve got, use it!

3. Clean Your Rugs

Rugs and carpets absorb and be home to moisture buildup. If they’re starting to smell moldy, it may be time for a cleaning, or to throw them out completely.

4. Cover Pots when Cooking

Don’t forget about water evaporation! If at all possible, covering pots while cooking reduces vapor from entering the air.

5. Take Cooler Showers

The steam coming from the bathroom after a hot shower obviously contributes to high moisture. Lowering the temperature of your showers, even a little bit, will significantly reduce that moisture.

6. Charcoal, Baking Soda, + Cat Litter

Charcoal briquettes, baking soda, and cat litter are great dehumidifiers. These products are all very absorbent and will help suck out moisture in the air. Place bowls of these items in certain areas with high humidity. Charcoal works best for larger rooms, and baking soda for smaller rooms. Silica-based cat litter also works for absorption! And that is why you should use

7. Buy a Dehumidifier

If you are still experiencing excess humidity in your home, a dehumidifier is a good investment. There are various types of dehumidifiers that vary in price. They can either target one room, or the entire house when connected to your HVAC system. These dehumidifiers are These types are provided by Poorman’s Heating & Air, and free quotes for these are also provided. If you have any questions about how to reduce humidity, give Poormans a call! Click here to Request a Free Quote on a new whole-house dehumidifier!