The most effective way to reduce humidity indoors is with a dehumidifier. You may be in the same situation as most and haven’t purchased a dehumidifier for one reason or another or the humidity problem is mild, these are a few tips anyone can use to dehumidify a home on the cheap. These methods are fairly easy and use equipment that most of us would already have in the house.
1. Ventilate your space
Keep your home ventilated, especially in areas that usually create moisture such as your kitchen and the bathroom. Open windows and doors if possible, and keep vents or fans on for longer periods to ensure proper ventilation. TIP :Having proper ventilation in your home for at least a few hours a day can greatly help to reduce indoor humidity. It’s FREE
2. Air Conditioning
Running your air conditioning not only cools down the room, it will also help reduce indoor humidity, especially during the humid weather.
Fans are effective at moving warm stagnant air around the room. A fan will increase the air flow in the room in turn will remove excess moisture through evaporation.
4. Regularly replace Furnace & A/C filters
Schedule routine tune-ups for your furnace/boiler & change AC filters regularly. If your furnace or AC filters are clogged, they will slow down air flow and won’t be as effective in reducing humidity.
5 Take shorter or Colder Showers
Most showers produce a lot of excess steam that will increase the humidity indoors. The longer your shower, the more steam is produced. To reduce excess moisture, crack a window open (maybe not in winter) or leave the exhaust fan on a bit longer after your shower. Alternatively, take cooler showers if you can do it – they produce less steam and has less effect on overall humidity. Cold showers may be better for your health.
6. Line dry clothes outdoors
Try not to hang wet clothes indoors, this will increase indoor humidity levels, especially in rooms where ventilation is low. The best option to reduce indoor humidity is to hang clothes outside to dry, especially during humid seasons. If that is not an option (such as in apartments with no balconies or strict policies ), then use a clothes dryer that is vented properly outside the home.
7. Crack that window
The easiest way to reduce indoor humidity, is to crack that window! Create more airflow in the space by leaving the window open to dry the air out, especially in damp rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
8. Place houseplants outside (summertime)
Did you know plants release moisture vapor into the air? Seems extra humid, place your plants outdoors. * Try to not over-water your plants*, this adds to the humidity levels.
9 Switch on the kitchen exhaust fan
Did you know Oven and stove-top cooking can produce extra moisture in the air? While cooking, try your best to keep the lid on the pot, this keeps the steam inside the pot and then put exhaust fans on high.
10 Repairing your walls
Walls with cracks & holes can unknowingly introduce unwanted moisture into the home. Warm, moist outside air can travel indoors through cracks and holes during warm, humid weather. This can cause condensation on materials indoors, if the materials happen to be cooler than the outside air.If that condensation is not removed quickly, it can cause issues such as rotting wood, mold & mildew.Regularly check your homes exterior walls, to ensure there are no cracks or holes present and fix them properly.
11 Fill a container with charcoal.
Charcoal can help remove humidity and naturalize odors in the air, thanks to its natural absorption properties. The charcoal will last for 2-3 months in most humid environments. The best type of charcoal if available is coconut shell charcoal, it has high adsorptive power and resists powdering in adsorption – this is very important, for areas with high humidity levels.
12 Rock salt (a hygroscopic material)
This means that it draws and stores water molecules from its surrounding environment, pulling excess moisture out of the air similar to a dehumidifier. You may also use silica-based kitty litter, zeolite rocks and well as calcium chloride as substitute to rock salt.
Another way to reduce indoor humidity without a dehumidifier is using rock salt.
Take two plastic tubs of the same size. Put an object inside the first tub to elevate the second tub. Drill holes in the second tub and fill it with rock salt. Place the second tub and put it in the first tub. In a few days there will be some water in the bottom tub. Check the bottom tub daily to empty the water.
These tips on how to reduce indoor humidity without a dehumidifier is based on a few things; keeping good airflow indoors by using proper ventilation as well as absorbing moisture in the air using SMART MOISTURE REMOVING MATERIALS.
*NOTHING IS WORKING… Please Consider investing in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers not only pull excess moisture in the air, they also protect your home from mold and bugs,and can help dry laundry more efficiently indoors.
We at Mckee Bros, hope these tips will help to improve your current indoor environment and dramatically improve your air quality.