One of the most annoying parts of hot summer temperatures is when it also comes with high humidity. Worse, too much humidity in your home can cause mold growth, along with being just plain uncomfortable. The ideal relative humidity level is 30-60%. If you notice condensation on the interior glass, mold spots, a musty smell, damp walls, or water stains, your humidity level is too high. Here are some things you can do to fix your problem:
A dehumidifier can help you surprisingly quickly. Place your dehumidifier in a basement or in a bathroom with closed windows and doors, and away from walls and furniture to ensure proper ventilation. We can also install a whole-home dehumidifier that works with your central air system for the biggest impact.
House plants release moisture, and even the moisture from the soil can evaporate and add to your humidity problem. If you have a lot of houseplants, consider keeping them outside until your humidity is under control.
Freshly cut firewood still contains moisture that needs to evaporate. Until your firewood is completely dry, storing it away from your house can prevent the moisture from the evaporation of the water in the firewood from further contributing to excess humidity issues in your home.
Another cause of excess humidity might be an air leak. To test for one on your own, take a lit incense stick or smoke pen and hold it in front of where you think the air leak might be. Places that commonly have air leaks are windows, doors, electrical outlets, and attic hatches. You’ll know you’ve found the air leak when the smoke travels horizontally. To remediate this, you can seal the leak with caulk.