Controlling Humidity In Your Home Is Easier Than You Might Think

dehumidifierHigh humidity is a common problem around the Los Angeles area, but considering the comfort and air quality issues it causes, it’s not something you should ignore. Using a few basic methods for controlling humidity will make your home a more enjoyable place to live.

Stop Moisture Air at its Source

Cracks and gaps around your windows and doors bring moisture along with the outdoor air they let in. Sealing these air leaks with caulk or weatherstripping as appropriate helps keep the humidity out, while holding in more of the cooled or heated air from your A/C or furnace. Leaky pipes and dripping faucets also add to the humidity in your home, so repair any you find. Make sure your clothes dryer vent opens outdoors, not into the basement, crawlspace or elsewhere indoors. If you don’t have a dryer, hang clothes outdoors to dry whenever possible.

A few simple changes in how you do things can also help with controlling humidity. Keep your showers short and cool. Cover cooking pots to hold in rising steam. After showering or cooking, run your bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan for 10 to 15 minutes, but not longer.

Choose the Right Equipment

If making changes around the house doesn’t get your humidity to a healthy level, modern technology can help. For mild, occasional moisture problems, running the air conditioner for an hour a day might be all you need to do. If your humidity problem is confined to a small area, such as a bathroom or the basement, a portable dehumidifier is usually the most practical solution. This device is easy to set up, but you’ll need to empty and clean it frequently.

For persistently high humidity in your entire house, look into having a whole-house dehumidifier installed. This system sits inside your heating and cooling system and draws out excess moisture from the air that passes through. The resulting drier air then moves on to be heated or cooled and distributed to your rooms.

For more tips on controlling humidity, contact us at Reliance Home Services in the Los Angeles area.