25 Oct 4 Tips to Decrease Humidity in the Home
Fighting humidity can become a full-time job. The air around us is always charged with some form of water, and we only add to it through our lifestyle choices. This is because we are constantly bathing, drinking, cooking, and, well, existing!
According to the United States Geological Survey, the average human uses 80-100 gallons of water a day. Luckily, this usage does not always correlate with moisture problems if you know how to prevent them.
At All Dry USA, we’ve spent over 10 years actively combating the negative effects caused by humidity and moisture in the home. If you want to harness this knowledge, here are 4 easy tips to decrease humidity in your home!
1. Be Mindful About Your Shower Time
One of the best ways to decrease humidity in your bathroom is to decrease the amount of hot, lengthy showers you take. This may prove difficult if you love your pensive hour-long shower, but cutting back on bathing can greatly benefit your fight against excess moisture.
This is not simply a conservation issue – there is a direct correlation between shower length and percentage of humidity. It’s estimated that just 4 to 6 pints of water can actively raise the humidity level a whopping 60% in a 1,000 square foot home. By reducing this time spent producing water, you are helping to reduce the percentage of moisture in your home.
2. Check Your Dryer for Faulty Exhaust Pipes
This may seem odd, but your dryer can actually make your home wetter! This is because your dryer actively removes wetness from your washed clothing. This moisture is vented out of an exhaust vent in the form of steam. If this vent is clogged, dirty, or structurally compromised, then all that moisture is just being redirected into your home!
You can fix your dryer vent woes by:
‣ Having your vent cleared of any debris or blockage
‣ Investing in a booster, which will use a fan to forcefully remove any residual steam.
‣ Installing a vent flap, which will open upon steam release, and close when the dryer is not on.
‣ Undertaking the process of vent replacement
If any of these options seem a little too financially stressful, then there is a cost-efficient way to fight dryer moisture; you can give your dryer a break altogether. Instead, dry your clothes the old-fashioned way, on a line. It’s cheap, easier on your clothes, energy efficient, and won’t cause you excess humidity woes. So, if you have the space outside to hang dry your clothing, then you might as well!
3. Check Your Home for Leaky Pipes
When condensation runs rampant, you can normally trace the culprit back to a leaky pipe. A leaky pipe does not need to be constantly gushing water to pose a threat to your home. In fact, it is the unknown leaks that can cause the most damage.
When a pipe drips, the condensation that forms has a tendency to evaporate before you even notice it. This is how many leaks go undiagnosed. Yet, moisture caused by a phantom drip does not exit your house, it remains there in the form of humidity. This festers in your home, increasing the likelihood of water damage, mildew, and mold. Not to mention, causing excessively high water bills.
The best way to combat pipe leaks is to conduct comprehensive checks. You can undergo these checks yourself, or you can use a certified service! At All Dry USA, we make certain to check your pipes for any possible leakage. We make certain to stop moisture in its tracks, ensuring a low humidity household and an efficient pipe system.
4. Increase Air Flow
One of the greatest conduits of condensation is stagnant air. When air is no longer freely moving, the moisture contained in it can pool and seep into your home. Thus, to combat stagnancy, make certain that your house has a constant air flow. You can accomplish this by:
‣Opening up windows to improve air circulation, especially during activities that involve steam.
‣Covering up any steam-heaving cooking with a fitted lid.
‣Using an exhaust fan to evenly distribute moisture-heavy air when cooking.
‣Encouraging airflow through ceiling fans.
‣Regularly checking your AC for damages and structurally imperfections.
Through encouraging airflow, you keep humidity on its toes. This ensures that it never finds an entryway into your belongings, home, and life. And if your home already does have water damage from excess moisture, give our pros at All Dry USA a call – we’ll restore your home to its former self!