6 Simple Humidity Control Hacks To Use In Your Home
What do the Monterey Bay Aquarium, fresh Santa Barbara seafood and Six Flags have in common? They’re all fun-filled summer attractions in California! However, they have one more important commonality: They all cost money.
Whether you’re planning a trip or opting for a staycation, it’s important to save wherever you can! While you may know that shutting off the lights when they’re not in use reduces your energy bill, controlling the humidity levels in your home is another easy way to save a few pennies. Check out these six easy ways to reign in your home humidity levels, so you can minimize your energy costs and maximize your summer fun budget!
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that ceiling fans do more than just cool you down on a hot summer day? The gust generated by these handy appliances evaporates excess moisture in the air, which is what contributes to the cooling effect. However, you’ll have to make sure the blades are spinning in the correct direction. Because it is still scorching hot here on the West Coast, the blades should be set to spin counterclockwise in order to direct cool air downward. As we move into fall, consider switching the blades to turn clockwise, as this will help circulate warm air throughout your home while still controlling humidity levels.
Ventilation is Key
Though it is important to have proper ventilation throughout your entire home, rooms that tend to retain moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom, require a bit more attention. Make sure that you have vent fans installed in these rooms especially and run them while cooking or bathing to eliminate excess humidity.
Break Out The Crock-Pot
Pasta with sauteed veggies is undoubtedly one of the quickest and easiest dinner options out there. But have you ever considered how this tasty meal would impact the humidity levels in your home? The answer is most likely “no,” but stovetop cooking can lead to excess humidity. During the summer, when humidity levels are at their highest, you may want to try cooking with a slow cooker instead.
Naturally, the bathroom is one of the most humid rooms in your home, and if not properly taken care of, you could risk facing a mold or mildew problem. Because hot showers steam up the room, try taking quick, cool showers instead. You’ll have less steam in the air, and leave the shower feeling refreshed from the cool water!
Enjoy Your AC
Running your AC will keep indoor air free of excess moisture, as warm air is more likely to retain water. Therefore, your air conditioning unit will effectively dehumidify the air in your home as it cools!
Put a Hat on the Houseplants
Moisture commonly gathers in the soil of your plants, which they then release back into the air as vapor. If you have multiple indoor plants, this accumulation of water vapor can significantly increase humidity levels in your home. You may want to move the plants outside for a while, or cover the soil to keep water from escaping into the air. Additionally, you won’t have to water them as often!
If you feel the humidity levels in your home are too high, follow these steps to better humidity levels. And if it’s still too muggy inside, give Hyde’s a call at (760)-360-2202 to see if a dehumidifier is needed. Our team is happy to help in any way we can!