How to Lower Humidity in Your Home

Your home should be a place you can always look to for comfort and peace. But if you feel drenched every time you walk in the door because of how humid it is, your home is likely the last place you want to be. High humidity not only leads to discomfort, but it can also cause damage to your home and its overall structure. If you’re wondering how to lower humidity in your home, we’re here to help! By following these essential tips, you can rid your home of excess moisture once and for all, and get back to feeling good again.

Problems Associated with High Humidity

Your home needs a certain amount of humidity (around 40 percent) to maintain a comfortable and healthy environment. When you introduce too much humidity, though, it can lead to numerous issues, including:

  • Dust Mites
  • Allergies
  • Mold Growth
  • Unpleasant Odors
  • Wood Rot
  • Damaged Electronics

Due to the potential dangers that accompany high humidity, it’s critical to address the problem right away. Here’s how you can decrease moisture in your home:

  1. Invest in a dehumidifier.

Because it’s common for homeowners in Central Indiana to run their heating systems for extended periods, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of whole-house humidifiers. But if your home’s air has excess moisture, you don’t need to introduce more humidity; rather, you need to reduce it. In this case, we recommend investing in a dehumidifier. Here’s how it works: a dehumidifier sucks in air at one end, removes the moisture, and then releases it back into your home. During the process, it collects all the moisture in a tank that will need to be emptied.

Need help deciding which dehumidifier is best for your home and needs? Check out this buying guide from Lowe’s.

  1. Ensure there are proper ventilation and airflow. 

  • When it comes to improving your home’s ventilation, there are several things you can do. We suggest making habits out of the following:
  • Turn on the exhaust fan while cooking.
  • Turn on the bathroom exhaust before showering, and after you’re done, keep it on for at least another 30 minutes. Remember to crack the bathroom door so moisture doesn’t lock itself inside.
  • If the window in your laundry room is fogged or if there’s condensation on the walls, it’s an indication that there is excess moisture. Make sure the washer and dryer connections are in good condition and that the filter isn’t clogged.
  • Restricted airflow can lead to numerous HVAC problems, including high humidity. Check all the vents and registers in your home to make sure they are working properly.
  1. Repair any leaks.

Unwanted moisture could also be entering your home through leaks in and around the home. Check your windows, doors, and walls, as well as your pipes.  If you discover a leak, repair it the right way.

  1. Have a licensed technician inspect your HVAC system. 

The source of the problem could very well be your HVAC system. If you haven’t had a licensed technician inspect your equipment this season, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us today! In addition to completing a comprehensive system inspection, we can also look at your indoor air quality and give you tips on how it can be improved. 

The professionals at Complete Comfort have the expertise to handle all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. We take pride in delivering the highest quality care and service from start to finish. Our team is here to assist you around the clock – at no extra charge. Schedule your appointment today by calling (317) 671-7552.