Is your house very humid? Dealing with humidity problems at home can be very uncomfortable and painful, too. Apart from feeling warm and sticky, excess humidity and moisture levels can be dangerous to the individual. Additionally, they can be an equal threat to the property, too.
You will have to dehumidify the home in order to maintain a comfortable and controlled level of humidity. You might be thinking of purchasing a dehumidifier. That’s well and good. You will not have to invest in one when you have natural ways to tackle this.
In this article, we shall discuss how to potentially combat the humidity problems. We will also be focusing on ways to keep the additional moisture and humidity from infiltrating the home.
So, without any delay, let us get started with the discussion.
Natural Ways To Deal With Humidity
Do you want to improve your home environment and decrease the humidity levels naturally? Here are some popular and effective ways to successfully lower the humidity levels in your room:
Improve the Air Flow
You do not need to have a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity. Improving air circulation could be one of the effective ways to serve the purpose. The constant movement of air reduces the moist and prevents the build-up of mould and mildew.
But how do you do it? How do you improve the ventilation in your home without compromising your comfort? If those are your questions, we have answers for all of them.
Well, here are some of the methods that you can try out:
Opening Windows And Doors
What if I told you that you do not have to spend a single penny on this? Wouldn’t you do this! Yes, this is the most cheapest and the easiest method. And, all you have to do is make some adjustments to the doors and windows around your home. Keep them open to allow the fresh air to come in from outside.
You can open the doors and keep the screen doors shut to let the natural breeze pave its way to the room. This helps in bringing the moisture out of the air. Also, try keeping the doors and windows around the kitchen and bathroom open. Following this approach in areas that have high humidity levels can prove to be of great help and most effective too.
Fans are yet another excellent method for keeping the stale air moving around in the room at bay. Turning the fans on will not only increase the airflow in the room but will further help in removing excess moisture from the air through evaporation.
Do you have an air conditioner at home? Great! You will not need dehumidifiers, as your air conditioners work similarly to them. We all know what an AC does – it draws air from the room and cools it. The functioning is almost the same. While the dehumidifier disperses heated air back into the room, an air conditioner disposes of the same outside. When you have a running AC, it consequently helps in dehumidifying the room effortlessly.
The best part of using an AC unit that some of them come equipped with a dehumidifying function. If yours is one, make sure you use it every time you switch on the device. The other advantage is that you can save energy as you will not need an extra dehumidifier.
Take Shorter And Cooler Showers
The other thing you can do is to take shorter and cooler showers. Since showers increase the humidity in your home, we advise you to use cooler water for the same and always keep the bathroom door open after the shower. This increases the airflow inside and minimizes the condensation.
We all notice higher humidity levels in the home after the showers. Ensure that you always switch on the ventilation fans during your showers. Also, keep the bathroom door and other doors and windows opened for about 30 minutes after the shower. Shorten the shower time in the bathroom to significantly reduce moisture from releasing into the home.
Grab The Baking Soda
We all know how exceptional baking soda is when it to comes to absorbing odour. In addition to that, it has great moisture absorption properties. You can place it in any room with high humidity levels, and you will see how it removes humidity and moisture. Especially, from bathrooms after the showers and also the water run-off around windows and doors. This is all you have to do:
All you need is:
- Baking Soda
- Bowl or Open Container
- Take some baking soda and put it in a bowl or an open container.
- Now, place it in a room with high humid levels.
- It will slowly absorb the moisture from the air, thereby reducing the humidity.
- Stir the powder as it forms clumps when absorbing the moisture.
Move Your House Plants
The best way to lock moisture inside the home is by repositioning your indoor plants. We all know that plants play a significant role in emitting moisture into the air, which further impacts the humidity levels. If you are having a lot of indoor plants around, make sure you relocate them to either outdoors or a room with proper ventilation.
Line Dry Clothes Outdoors
Avoid hanging wet clothes indoors, as it will increase humidity levels inside the room. If the room does not have proper ventilation, it can contribute to a spike in moisture. Hence, the ideal way to tackle this is to hang the clothes to dry outside. Let us say you are living in apartments and you do not have any option as such to do. In that case, you can use your clothes dryer that stays vented to the outdoors.
Use Your Kitchen Exhaust Fans
We all have ventilation devices installed in our kitchen, like exhaust fans. The kitchen is that area of the room having the highest moisture production because of the appliances like oven and stove-top. Here is a tip for you. Cover the utensil with a lid while cooking food to trap the steam inside. While doing so, make sure you turn on the kitchen exhaust fans.
Do not turn the fan immediately after you finish your work. Allow it to stay a little longer, as it helps in reducing the indoor humidity.
A Basket Of Charcoal Briquettes
If you have charcoal briquettes at home, you can use them, as well. It not only helps to remove the humidity but also any unpleasant odours from the air. They have great adsorption properties to arrest moisture. All you have to do is this:
- Buy a cheap bag of charcoal and fill it in a basket.
- The charcoal will usually last for about two to three months.
- Instead of charcoal, you can even use coconut shell charcoal, which has high adsorptive power. The other upside to it is it resists powdering in adsorption. This is a very important factor.
You can even use a silica gel for this purpose that you find in almost all packaged goods. You can save these little packets, store them and re-utilize them by placing them in the areas where there is high moisture accumulation. If you do not have them, you can purchase unused ones and use them in the cabinets or drawers.
Did you know what 100 grams of silica gel can do? It can absorb up to 25 grams of water. Let us say your room is around 800 square feet. You can use just about 400 grams of silica gel to control the humidity and that too, without any change in the temperature! Doesn’t that sound fantastic!
Most of us have rock salt in our kitchens. If yes, this can be a wonderful hack to counter the humidity inside the room. It pulls out the excess moisture from the air, just like your dehumidifier. This is how you can use it:
This is all you need
- Plastic tubs – Two
- Rock Salt
- Take two plastic buckets of the same size to stack them together.
- Start drilling holes in the bottom and sides of the top bucket.
- Now place it in the bottom bucket.
- After placing, add the salt to fill it up to the quarter of the way.
- Now place your homemade dehumidifier at that spot in your home where it can collect the optimal amount of moisture in your home.
- The rock salt will extract the humidity from the air and collect it in the bottom bucket. As a result, there will be water accumulated in the bottom tub. (Check the tub daily to empty the water)
We may suddenly notice a few watermarks or rings on the walls. If it happens the same with you, it is a clear indication that there are leaks in the water pipe. In such a case, the best thing you can do is call a plumber immediately to inspect the leakage.
Besides that, leaks under your home can also be a contributing factor for high humidity levels inside. We advise you to check under the floorboards to see if there are any cracked pipes.
If you have water stains on your ceilings, chances are that the water might be seeping into your house through the roof.
Tips to Reduce Humidity Levels
High levels of humidity bring us discomfort. But apart from that, they can have a negative impact on your health, sleep, and your home. It is essential to tackle excess humidity quickly because the mould can build up within 24-48 hours. We bring you some simple yet very useful tips that will help you counter the humidity problems at home:
- Insulate the walls of your home properly. Doing so will prevent the air (warm or cool) to escape to the outside environment or enter indoors through the gaps in the walls.
- Carpets or rugs can retain moisture. So, remove the carpets in your home and replace them with tiles, wood flooring, etc.
- You can eliminate the moisture and condensation by lining the windows with plastic film or storm coating.
- Painting walls instead of using wallpapers or vinyl coatings can prevent moisture from getting trapped inside the walls.
- Coat the underground walls to prevent excess moisture from seeping in.
- Take shorter and cooler showers and make sure you turn on the exhaust fans always.
- Ensure that the AC unit and climate control system is the appropriate size for your home and not too large.
- Ensure proper ventilation to areas like the kitchen and bathrooms that are prone to build moisture.
How To Tell If Your Home Is Too Humid?
Till now we saw the natural ways and some useful tips to tackle humidity. But, how do you tell if your home is too humid? How do you make out if there is excess moisture in your room? Here are some effective ways that will help you gauge the humidity levels in your home.
Get A Humidistat
If you want to know whether your home is too humid or not, try to invest in a humidistat that measures the humidity levels indoors. The ideal indoor humidity level should be somewhere between 45 to 55%RH. Make sure you maintain it in between 40 to 60%RH. If the levels are more than 70%RH, there are high chances for mould to grow.
Check for mould in the rooms, like the kitchen and bathrooms that are prone to have high humidity levels. Inspect the areas such as bathtub, sink areas, room corners, walls, ceilings, etc., to check for the indications of little dark spots on them. If you notice any, it is a clear sign that there would be a mould problem.
Have you ever noticed water or fog on the glass of your windows? If yes, then it is an indication that your room has excess moisture inside. When there is too much humidity indoors, then condensation occurs. It is common to observe condensation during winter or when performing some regular activities like cooking, taking showers, etc., releasing the warm moist air into the home.
Although it may sound harmless, not dealing with condensation on time may result in mould build-up on walls, ceilings, and windows.
Sometimes, we may notice a musty smell indoors, which is the result of mildew and mould growth. The mould produces gases that lead to the odour. Even if you do not see any mildew growth, do not simply disregard it. The mould may stay hidden behind the wallpapers, under the carpets, or inside the ventilation ducts.
If you are smelling it, that means you are inhaling some mould spores, as well. It is dangerous to health and may cause health issues such as breathing difficulty, sore throat, sinus infections, headache, etc. We often get tempted to spray air or room fresheners inside to tackle the mould smell. However, it will only cover up the odour but does not remove the toxic air. Hence the most effective method to counter this is to remove mould.
If you ever noticed rotting wood, then that is because of the excess humidity in the air. As a result, the wood starts retaining the excess moisture and eventually rots. When this happens, it will attract bugs such as termites.
Excess humidity in the air might even cause airborne allergens such as dust mites and mould spores to grow and spread. Despite staying indoors, if you have allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, etc., then it is possibly due to the high humidity in the air carrying allergens around you.
But Do Natural Dehumidifiers Work?
A dehumidifier is indeed the most efficient method to control humidity at home. Nevertheless, the natural dehumidifiers or hacks, as discussed above, will work effectively in removing them from the room. And that too, without pinching your wallet.
Although these are tested and tried methods, we suggest you to try them based on the area and availability of materials. Not only that, you can even try a combination of these methods to increase efficiency. The other advantage of using natural dehumidifying agents is that you can save on your electricity. You can even stay away from other methods that are not only uncomfortable but costly too.
To conclude, reducing the humidity levels inside the house without using a dehumidifier is very much possible. All you have to do is experiment with the methods, as mentioned above, at your comfort and effortlessly. You can now increase your health, comfort, and home safety and decrease the humidity levels and your electrical bills, as well. And the best part, you are doing all of these without a dehumidifier! Yay!!!
I hope this article gave you deep insights into how to conquer home humidity problems naturally. If you find it helpful, let us know in the comments section below.
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