Humidity refers to the amount of moisture that is in the air. The ideal amount is between 30-50 percent indoors. Levels above 55 percent are uncomfortable and increase the risk of mold. If you feel like your living environment has high humidity, try these tips to reduce the humidity in your home.

1. Use a Dehumidifier to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

One of the most effective ways to reduce humidity in your home is with a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is an appliance that works to condense moisture from the air. These can be purchased for a single room or for the entire house.

If you suffer from allergies because of high amounts of moisture in the air, a dehumidifier may help by reducing humidity to a comfortable level. Some more advanced dehumidifiers are outfitted with filtration systems that convert the moisture that is removed from the air into potable drinking water. The benefits of reducing humidity levels outweigh the costs of buying a dehumidifier.

2. Clean the Filters in Your Air Conditioner

When the air conditioning unit in your home is turned on, it helps keep indoor humidity low.  However, this process is only effective when you have quality, clean air filters. All air filters become clogged over time, which affects the HVAC system’s performance. Clean your filters regularly to help reduce humidity in your home.

3. Use Exhaust Fans to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

To lower the amount of moisture in the air, use the exhaust fans that are located throughout your home. The most common places for exhaust fans are in the kitchen and bathrooms, though some attics have exhaust fans too. These fans improve the air quality inside your home by getting rid of unwanted odors and humidity. Use exhaust fans whenever you take a shower or cook in the kitchen.

4. Take Cooler Showers

Long, hot showers or baths increase the humidity in your home. In humid weather, take cooler showers and keep your showers as short as possible. Don’t forget to turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom to circulate the air.

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