It’s not always the humidity that is the reason for too much moisture in your home. Many times moisture is actually coming into the home and sticking around because it has nowhere else to go. For the most part, you’ll only have one room where internal humidity is created. The kitchen is where the air can become rich with liquid as we boil pasta and rice, cook vegetables in pans and simmer dishes like stew, etc. But even in general, washing dishes, clothes and the surface tops in a small space will cause a lot of humidity to form in the air. That’s where the humidity spreads and become stagnant moisture in the home but let’s not forget humid air is heavy. If there is a lot of humidity outside the home, it will eventually fall in and onto your house. Keeping the hot air and moisture out of your home is almost as hard as managing it indoors. Here’s how you can fight the build-up whatever the cause might be.
Don’t get sloppy
After a long day, all you want is dinner and your warm bed. But if you get sloppy and leave open containers filled with liquids lying around, you’ll find the air in your house the next morning is a little muggy. It might feel as if there’s a stranger odor lurking around which is a signifier that you have a humid air pocket. You can open up your windows and let the air out and replace it with fresh air but you might let the cold in and if it’s raining, this is worse. The simple solution is to not get lazy and take on the approach of ‘I’ll get it in the morning’. Don’t leave open containers of food or drinks lying around as overnight evaporation will just foist more moisture into the air which can then be absorbed into wallpaper and clothes. It’s also important to not leave your dishes in the sink with water in them. If you’d rather clean them sometime else, don’t fill them with water overnight.
Push it out
Moisture that comes into the home usually arrives through the air conditioning system. If the filter is worn out and the fan system is weak, humid air is not kept at bay but instead forced into the home. Speak to an expert HVAC company which has a wide array of air conditioning brands from which to choose from. Their website should inform you about prices, brand reputation, and quality, as well as the kind of HVAC unit that would be best for your home and location. At the end of their 3-step process, they have an install included free policy. The first step is to answer a few questions on their website which will filter out a few of the best options for your needs. In around 8 hours, one of their A+ rated BBB contractors will contact you. Within 72 hours from this meeting and inspection, the new air conditioning unit will be fixed and ready to go. Now you can keep the humid air from the outside, remaining on the outside.
When you see a leak
If you live in a part of the world where it rains frequently, you will automatically have humidity lingering in the air outside. And yet, if you have a leak inside your home this can cause double the humidity that you live in. For example, if you have a leak in your roof the water will usually drip into one place. This can then cause a pool of water to form. Since the attic is filled with insulation and hot air rises in the home, this pool of water will evaporate but not escape so easily as it came in. Mould and damp begin to spread like wildfire and the root cause may not become apparent because the pool of water has gone. So it’s imperative that you check your roof for leaks twice a year in preparation for autumn and winter. If you cannot seal the leak, you’ll need to hire a professional that can firstly fix your roof and then repair damages that have been done in the attic.
Our homes are designed to keep us warm and not allow water in. It also means that it can become hot as an oven indoors so having a great air conditioning unit that accelerates the airflow, helps to prevent a humid home. You should also keep in mind to not have any open containers with liquids exposed for too long.