Although humidity in the home is not something that a lot of us tend to think about when it comes to dealing with household issues, the reality is that it can lead to all kinds of challenges. Being that moisture in the air is what causes humidity, over time, it can lead to peeling paint, mold and mildew infestations, allergic reactions and even an increase in your energy costs (because when rooms are warmer, you need to turn up your air conditioner).
So, in order to prevent these things from occurring, we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with five ways that you can naturally dehumidify your home below:
Keep ventilation going in your house. A very effective way to keep the humidity levels down is by making sure that the rooms in your house are well ventilated. You can do this by opening up your windows and allowing fresh air to breeze through or even turning on some small fans that you might own. Speaking of fans, if you have an exhaust one in the kitchen or bathroom, turn it on while you are cooking or showering. Exhaust fans are reasonably priced and extremely effective. If you don’t have one, crack the bathroom door open in order to let some of the steam from the shower out.
Check for water leaks. Water leaks are another thing that can lead to humidity. That’s why it’s a wise idea to check your pipes and plumbing for leaks. Also, if you happen to notice water rings on your ceiling or walls, that’s another indication that you could have a leaky pipe so if that’s the case, you may want to call a professional to come over and inspect it.
Try a little baking soda. One cheap and easy way to lower the humidity levels in your house is to use a little baking soda. All you have to do is pour it into a bowl and then cover the bowl up with some non-woven cloth. It’s great for your pantry, linen closet, kitchen cabinets or under your bathroom or kitchen sinks (you might also want to consider putting it on your shelf in the washroom too). It just might surprise you how effective baking soda is.
Use the “moisture feature” on your air conditioner. Being that the summer is the time of year when we tend to heavily rely on our air conditioners, it’s important to make sure that you don’t use it too much because that is one thing that causes air conditioner freeze ups. So, by keeping your thermostat set at around 73 degrees and turning on your ceiling fans to circulate the air, that will keep your electricity bills down as well as remove moisture out of the air.
Go with only a couple of plants. Plants are awesome when it comes to pulling toxins out of the air but at the same time, they can also put a lot of moisture into the environment. However, if you have a deep love for them, here’s the compromise: opt for no more than three indoor plants per room. That way, the rooms in your house can still look beautiful while also being humidity-free.