How To Reduce Your Home’s Humidity This Summer
If you’ve lived in Florida any length of time, you know that Florida ranks number two for highest relative humidity. Let’s be honest, no one wants to spend time in a hot and humid home this summer. So what are some simple tips and tricks you can leverage to reduce your home’s humidity this summer? We’ve come up with five simple recommendations that are sure to keep your home comfortable all summer long.
1. Use a Dehumidifier
Since this one is the most obvious, let’s get it out of the way first. A dehumidifier can be a great appliance to have in your Florida home. By reducing the humidity levels in your home, the dehumidifier also helps to improve your home’s indoor air quality. When humidity is high, it can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and dust mites. Today’s dehumidifiers run quietly which means that won’t disrupt your daily routine—so why not get one?
2. Use Your Bathroom Exhaust
Most bathrooms have them but not everyone uses them. Your bathroom exhaust fan is a great way to reduce humidity in your home. When you shower, your bathroom is filled with humidity and without proper ventilation, over time, that humidity can cause issues. Regularly using your bathroom exhaust fan is the best way to reduce humidity buildup and limit damage to your bathroom from excess water buildup. Don’t have a fan in your bathroom? Cracking a window can also achieve a similar result.
3. Use Your Kitchen Fan While Cooking
Although cooking on the stove in the middle of the summer might not sound like the best idea, there is a way to help reduce the heat buildup—your kitchen exhaust fan. Not only can it help reduce lingering odors, it will also help reduce the humidity. Kitchens can be a major source of heat and humidity in a home. If you’re looking for an easy way to improve your comfort this summer, don’t forget to use that fan.
4. Dry Your Clothes In the Evening
The steam from your dryer creates humidity and can increase the relative heat in your home. Waiting until the evening when temperatures are slightly cooler can help reduce the humidity buildup. This is a simple way to take a little bit of the pressure off your air conditioner—when it runs more efficiently, you not only keep cool, you also reap cost savings. It’s a simple trick but it can result in a great boost to your comfort.
5. Leave Your Air Condition On While Away
If you read our previous blog post, you’ll know that we recommend leaving your air conditioner running during the day when you’re not home. By increasing your set temperature and allowing your system to stay on, you greatly reduce the amount of work your air conditioner has to do when you return home. When your home is humid, it takes more energy to cool. That means if you turn your air off while you’re at work, you AC will have work much harder to cool your home and remove the humidity. Leverage a smart thermostat to set a schedule and create a more efficient system and less humid environment.
If you believe your humidity issues require a little more than these five simple tips and tricks, contact us or schedule an appointment. We are here to help keep your home comfortable—not only in the summer but all year long.