The hot and sticky San Antonio summers can leave you truly uncomfortable if you don’t know how to deal with the humidity in your home. With a proven plan of attack, though, bringing down your indoor moisture levels isn’t hard.
Adjust Your Habits
Much of the moisture that ends up in your air is what you produce yourself. To cut down on this, make your showers shorter and cooler, keep pots and pans covered when you cook, use the dishwasher instead of handwashing dishes, and dry laundry in the clothes dryer or outdoors instead of hanging it up inside.
Look around for anything in your home that might be adding moisture to the air. Repair dripping faucets and leaky pipes, move houseplants to one room, and store your firewood outdoors. Inspect your roof for leaks, too. The moisture roof leaks let into your attic will eventually end up in your rooms.
Optimize Your Ventilation
Good airflow moves excess moisture out of your home. Turn on your kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans after cooking or showering. Leave the fan on for around 15 minutes. Any longer and you’ll only draw in moist air and contaminants. Even when you don’t need cooling, run your air conditioner for around an hour a day on the “fan only” setting to help control your indoor humidity.
If your home has no whole-house ventilation system, ask a ventilation specialist about having one put in. This alone might be enough to bring your humidity down to a healthy level as well as improve your indoor air quality overall.
Designing and installing a whole-house ventilation system is a complex undertaking, so it’s best left to an expert. An incorrectly installed system can create an air pressure imbalance in your home that draws in more pollutants than it lets out.
For stubborn moisture problems, having a whole-house dehumidifier installed might be your best bet. This equipment is placed inside your HVAC system and removes excess water from the air as it passes through the system.
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