Mostly Natural Ways to Reduce Humidity
Lower the Humidity in Your East Nashville Home on the Cheap
Does your home feel like your Mom’s pea soup? Kinda gross, isn’t it? Hey, relax, we’re talking about the humidity. Everybody loves your mom’s soup.
Ideally, your indoor humidity should hover somewhere in the 30-50% range. When your humidity hits the 70% mark, things start to get sticky. Back in January, we were talking about how to keep your house moist, and now that it’s humid outside we’re worrying about keeping it dry. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears around here, we know.
It’s what we do. We worry.
What Happens When My House is Too Humid?
Well, consequences range from minor (frizzy hair, oh my!) to major (mold and mildew) but here are a few more unpleasant side effects of excessive humidity:
- It’s going to feel hotter. (And we all know you’re working on lowering your cooling costs this summer.)
- You’re not going to sleep as well. Let’s face it, with that frizzy hair, we need all the beauty sleep we can get.
- Wood swells, causing doors and windows to stick.
- We already mentioned it, but mold and mildew are much more likely to take root.
- Your dog’s gonna smell even worse.
- Your deodorant may call it quits so you’ll smell even worse.
- Bugs, dust mites, and other creepy crawlies love humidity.
- Your allergies are going to have you hitting the nose spray..
5 Mostly Natural Ways to Dehumidify Your Home
Use Fans to Suck Humidity Out of Your Home
Like Mr. McGuire said to Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, “I’ve got one word for you. Just one word… Are you listening?… Ventilation.”
Okay, so we took some liberties with that one. but seriously: ventilation is the key to reducing the humidity in your home this summer. If you have a hood exhaust fan over your stove, use it. If you have a bathroom exhaust fan that works, use it. If you took our advice last month and bought yourself a nice Vornado, use it. It may not suck the humidity out, but the circulation will dry it out.
Invest in an Outdoor Kitchen
Or a grill. Steaming and simmering your dinner isn’t a whole lot of fun this time of year. Plus, when you return your sweaty self to the kitchen with your freshly grilled feast, it’s going to feel downright chilly in there!
There’s always the slow cooker solution for the grill-averse. They’re another great way to keep the humidity down without hitting the sauce. BBQ sauce, that is.
Take a Cool Shower
Warm showers dramatically increase the humidity in your home. So take yourself a nice, cold shower. Plus, cool showers are refreshing, and as a surprise bonus, you’ll give your water heater a well-deserved break.
Grab a Few Charcoal Briquettes for the Basement
Charcoal briquettes aren’t just for your Weber anymore. They actually make a pretty good dehumidification tool. Place a few natural, untreated charcoal briquettes in a bowl and put them in your wettest locations (basement, bathroom, kitchen). They’ll suck the moisture right out of the air. Just remember to replace them every two to three months.
Fire Up the Dehumidifier
If August is just too overwhelming, you may need to use a dehumidifier. This is especially important if you live in an older home with older ventilation systems. If you’re going to run a dehumidifier, remember to close your windows and screen doors. There’s no sense in attempting to dehumidify all of East Nashville.
Cumberland Cooling is East Nashville’s premier heating and cooling service, installation, and repair company. We’re always on time, we’re available for emergencies 24/7, and we truly care about our customers. R.C. Johnson was compelled to agree:
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