Humidity can be a year-round problem for those living in Florida. It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is; it always feels like you are wearing a wet blanket. Excess humidity inside your house fosters an environment that mold and mildew love. Not only will that potentially ruin your walls and carpets, but mold and mildew can also cause serious illness and health risks to your family. There are several easy—and natural—ways to help reduce the humidity inside your house and prevent this from happening. Here are Air Tech of Central Florida’s top three tips to naturally lower humidity at home.
#1 Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate
Every time you take a shower, it creates moisture in the bathroom. If you can, open a window to let the moisture exit out of the house. Otherwise, run the exhaust fan, but only as long as necessary. Running it for too long may recycle humid air back into the house. In addition, have ceiling or floor fans on to circulate air in the rest of the house. This will help dry out any excess moisture.
#2 Relocate Indoor Plants
Houseplants are great for utilizing the carbon dioxide we produce to generate oxygen for our use through a process called transpiration. Unfortunately, having too many plants in an enclosed area can create a veritable greenhouse. Move the plants that can withstand the Florida weather or shady areas to the outside of your home. Also, limit how much you are watering your indoor plants. The extra water sitting around will impact the humidity in that area.
#3 Check for Leaks
Another source of indoor humidity—and one that we can’t always see—is a leak in the roof. Even the smallest of leaks can allow moisture to collect and wreak havoc on your home. Have your roof checked for loose, damaged or missing shingles. Also have your home’s sealant evaluated. Fixing these issues now will reduce the indoor humidity overall in the future.
Air Tech of Central Florida Will Resolve Your Humidity Issues
If none of these remedies reduce the humidity inside your home, you might have a more serious issue. At Air Tech of Central Florida, we want to make sure your home is in tiptop shape. We offer a number of dehumidifier products and a variety of options to optimize your home’s indoor air quality and your family’s comfort. If we can help you with any questions you may have about this subject or your air conditioner, call today, or visit us online to schedule your appointment.
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