Have you ever found the humidity levels in your apartment unbearable? There are a few easy solutions you could try to drop the humidity for free.
There are also a few that you can try if you can spend a few hundred dollars. Here are a few of these options.
Easy Ways to Remove Humidity from your Apartment
Time Your Showers
A straight way to reduce the humidity in your apartment is by taking short cold showers. If you enjoy long hot showers, you release a lot of steam in your apartment.
Opening a window a little bit in your apartment can reduce the indoor humidity level. It will not be as effective if humid outside, but it will work fine in most regions.
Keep Plants in Your House
Having plants in your apartment is another cheap and effective solution. The soil for the plants will be happy to give you a hand with this.
Check your apartment for any old and rotten wood. You should remove the rot if you see any mold or rotten spots on your floor joists in the basement.
Rotten wood is an indicator of high moisture levels content and can be the source of your high humidity.
Keep an eye on your gutters. A buildup of leaves or other debris can cause the water in your gutters to leak into your attic space.
Moisture in the air will evaporate and raise the humidity levels in your apartment. Keeping up with home maintenance issues, check your pipes.
A leaky pipe can be another significant source of unwanted water vapor inside.
The water inside can cause mold, dust mites, and high humidity in your home.
Mold growth can cause health problems. Such as stuffy noses, coughs, throat irritations, wheezing, and skin irritations. Having a too-humid home can lead to heat exhaustion.
It can throw a lot of humidity back into your apartment. Ensure that your dryer is vented.
Using a clothesline will reduce the excess moisture from the air you get from your laundry.
Place a Dehumidifier
Place a dehumidifier in your basement or any room with high humidity levels. These simple appliances plug into the wall, and you are set.
The dehumidifier will suck up the water inside your apartment and shut off when the bucket is full.
You remove the bucket and dump the water at this point, and you are done.
There are Air Conditioners
Air conditioners cost more money to buy and can increase your electric bill.
But, if the home humidity in your apartment is terrible enough, it is something worth looking into it. That is usually the easiest way to do the task.
Turn on your Ceiling Fans
That is much more cost-efficient than purchasing a new air conditioning unit. The results will not be the same, but if an air conditioner is cost prohibitive, this is your next best thing.
Many free or inexpensive ways exist to lower indoor humidity levels. Good general house maintenance is one way. It can also save you from costly house repairs in the future.
Then there are the more accessible yet more expensive ways. These options include ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. Make sure you go through your options and choose the best fit your needs.
My name is Theresa Clark. I am an engineer and air quality specialist.