High humidity indoors is uncomfortable and can cause mold growth and respiratory issues. A healthy humidity level in a home ranges between 30 and 50 percent. If you’re experiencing discomfort due to high humidity, take these steps to reduce humidity in the home.

Reduce Humidity in the Home with a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a device that removes water from the air and collects it in a reservoir. Some dehumidifiers can be linked to a drain, allowing it to run continuously. If you have areas of your home that often experience high humidity, use a dehumidifier in these spaces.

Most dehumidifiers are programmable and you can set them to run until the room reaches the desired humidity level. A dehumidifier will keep your home more comfortable and help prevent problems caused by excess moisture.

Let the Air Circulate

On cooler days, reduce humidity by opening doors and windows so fresh air can circulate through your home. The airflow will also help refresh your living spaces and improve indoor air quality.

Dry Your Laundry Outside

Hanging clothes to dry indoors will increase the humidity in your home. Moisture evaporates from the clothing and into the air. When the weather is nice, hang laundry outdoors to dry. Install a clothesline in a mostly shaded area to take advantage of good airflow while protecting your clothes from fading in direct sunlight.

Wipe Up Spills Immediately

Another way to help reduce humidity in your home is to dry excess water from your kitchen and bathrooms. After washing dishes, dry the area around the sink. When you finish bathing, mop up and puddles from the bathroom floor. Don’t leave standing water in the sink or on your stovetop. This excess moisture will add to the humidity in your home.

Use Ventilation Fans to Reduce Humidity in the Home

When cooking or showering, turn on the ventilation fan in the kitchen or bathroom. The fan works to pull moisture out of your home. Allow the fan to run for at least 20 minutes after showering to reduce humidity. If you don’t have a ventilation fan in the kitchen, open a window and use a fan to help circulate the moist air out of your home.

Too much humidity in the air can lead to respiratory issues. In severe cases, the excess moisture might cause sticky or slippery floors, peeling wallpaper, and damage flooring and structural materials. Take steps to reduce humidity for the health of your family and your home.

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