Living in Florida comes with a lot of benefits – beaches, sunshine, endless summers, just to name a few. One of the major drawbacks? Humidity…especially the kind that is so thick and stifling, you feel as if you could actually touch it! Heading indoors is your reprieve, so the last thing you need is humidity inside your home!
Humidity occurs when there is too much moisture in the air. So, when it’s “trapped” inside, it can make certain areas of your home – or your entire home for that matter – feel damp and uncomfortable.
The pros at Integrity Home Solutions offer easy, natural solutions to controlling the humidity levels inside your home. Read more…
Common Causes of Indoor Humidity
Not only is indoor humidity uncomfortable, but it can be dangerous as well. Areas with excess moisture can turn into breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other bacteria – all of which can cause major health issues, especially for those with respiratory issues such as asthma.
Common sources for indoor humidity include:
- Bathrooms & Kitchens – Thanks to showers, baths, sinks, and dishwashers, it should come as no surprise that bathrooms and kitchens are typically the two most humid rooms in the home.
- Poor Ventilation – When your home is poorly ventilated, excess moisture can accumulate throughout our entire home.
- Overcooling – We love to keep it cool! But don’t put your AC in overdrive! Overcooling can create condensation which will make your home feel even more humid.
At Integrity Home Solutions, we are your keep it cool experts. Our licensed pros have the expertise needed to make significant changes to the air you breathe, making it safer and more comfortable for your family. Call 813-328-1550 for 5-star AC service today!
Natural Ways to Lower Humidity at Home
The good news? There are lots of ways to lower the humidity found inside your home. Here’s what we recommend:
Check for leaky pipes.
Excess moisture can often come from a leaky pipe, commonly found under sinks, in the shower and bath plumbing, and anywhere that water is pumped. A leaky pipe will not only increase your water bill and cause humidity levels to rise, but it can also lead to mold and mildew growth.
If you suspect a leaky pipe in your home, call the plumbing pros at Integrity Home Solutions for leak detection services!
Keep the ceiling fans on.
Ceiling fans provide low energy circulation which pushes humidity out of the air. Also, this constant movement of air decreases the chance for mold and mildew growth, thus improving indoor air quality (IAQ).
Take shorter showers.
Our apologies to those who love taking a nice, long shower, but shorter showers will significantly decrease the humidity level in your home! When steam is produced in the shower, it spreads throughout the entire house. Bonus…your monthly water bill will decrease as well!
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Cover the soil in your houseplants.
Crazy, but even the exposed soil in your houseplants can cause excess moisture! Why? When plants are watered, the water evaporates into the soil and causes humidity. An easy fix is to cover the soil with a layer of rocks or a soil cover. This will keep the moisture from leaving the soil and entering the air.
Invest in a Dehumidifier.
Investing in a dehumidifier is one of the easiest and most effective ways to remove humidity from your home. Whether you opt to dehumidify individual rooms or the entire house, even the smallest dehumidifier will help lower humidity levels! At Integrity Home Solutions, our HVAC experts can help determine the best dehumidifier to suit your home.
With an AC dehumidifier in place, you can see a significant improvement in your health and the functionality of your air conditioner unit.
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