How to Make a Room Less Humid

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Mark Jardine
May 24, 2024
Heating & Cooling
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Numerous factors can contribute to high indoor humidity. Still, the main one is inadequate ventilation, which prevents the air in your home from being properly circulated and leads to stagnant, humid air.
A room needs humidity, and no room is completely dry. However, exceeding a particular threshold for humidity can cause discomfort, poor sleep, the growth of mold and mildew, and effects on some individuals with conditions like asthma2. The optimal indoor humidity range is between 30 and 50 percent.
How Can I Reduce My Humidity Levels?

Run the air conditioning

One of the most effective ways to reduce humidity in a space is to turn on the air conditioner. Although blowing cold air into a room gives the impression that it is being cooled, this is only partially true. The heat and humidity in the room are absorbed by the AC and sent outdoors. The water that is flowing from the house's exterior is really humid that was evacuated from within.

Grow Humidity-Absorbing Plants

Growing humidity-absorbing plants is one of the simplest, greenest, and most attractive ways to reduce the humidity in a space.
Aloe vera, lilacs, Tillandsia genus (air plants), Peace lilies, Spider plants, Boston ferns, Bamboo palms, and Windmill palms are among the plants that eat up moisture from the air.

Bathe in cooler water

Even the greatest bathroom exhaust fan might struggle with hot baths and showers. You can completely avoid the challenge by lowering the temperature of your showers and baths from hot to lukewarm or even cool. Adjust the water at the water heater if you or other household members aren't voluntarily turning down the hot tap. Lower the water heater's temperature from a scorching 140° or 150° F to 120° F.

Remedy leaks

Water makes the air damp. Where is the water located in your home, then? You might also have uncontrolled water or leaks in the house, in addition to the controlled sources of water - sinks, baths, and toilets.

Dehumidifier use

It's time to get a dehumidifier if the humidity levels within your home frequently reach 65% or higher. If you have the money, you can purchase a whole-home dehumidifier, but a portable one will do the trick.