The dry days of winter are over, and warm, humid weather is fast approaching. Unfortunately, this means moisture levels in your home are likely to rise. Unless, of course, you take action. Because high humidity levels in your home can have numerous negative consequences such as discomfort, mold outbreaks, rotting, and stains, we suggest that you implement these effective ways to reduce humidity in your home before it’s too late.
Adjust the Settings on Your AC Unit
Simply adjusting the settings on your AC unit can make a large difference in the humidity levels in your home. While it may sound counterintuitive, turning down your AC system’s power could actually help reduce the amount of humidity in your space.
For optimum humidity reduction, your AC system should run continuously at a consistent power output. If your AC system is set too high, however, it will turn on and off more frequently which will allow humidity to accumulate during the time that the system isn’t running. As such, you should consider turning down the power on your AC system if you notice that it turns on and off frequently.
Install a Dehumidifier
If the moisture levels in your home are too much for your AC unit to handle on its own, you may have to call in backup. Installing a dehumidifier will help supplement the humidity-reducing efforts of your AC system. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can opt for a portable dehumidifier or purchase a dehumidifier that is compatible with your AC system for a more comprehensive solution.
Ventilate Your Space
Another one of the best ways to reduce humidity in your home is to ventilate your space—especially areas where moisture is more prevalent such as the kitchen and bathroom. In addition to investing in a quality HVAC system, additional sources of ventilation that you can implement may include ventilation fans, ceiling fans, and simply opening windows. By increasing airflow throughout your space, you can flush out moist air and keep humidity levels lower.