To prevent issues caused by high humidity levels indoors such as stuffy air, damaged wooden furniture and mould growth, a desiccant or compressor dehumidifier is highly recommended due to their efficiency in keeping moisture in the air under control. If you are unable to get your hands on a good dehumidifier for the time being, there are several ways you can take to reduce the humidity indoors. It’s worth keeping in mind that these solutions might not work if the air is very humid.
1. Improve the ventilation of your home
From turning on the exhaust fan to keeping the windows open so that the humid air can escape the house, proper ventilation can help to keep indoor humidity levels down. Your furnace and air conditioner filter should be cleaned regularly to keep the airflow running at an optimal pace.
That said, if the source of humidity is from the rain in the summer, letting outdoor air into your house might not be a good idea.
2. Turn on the air conditioner
Since air conditioners have a similar mechanism to compressor dehumidifiers, they can remove some moisture from the air. This process occurs when hot humid air comes into contact with the cold coils inside the air conditioner. This not only lowers indoor humidity levels, but also keeps indoor environments cool.
3. Dry your clothes with a dryer or outdoors
When drying clothes indoors during winter, moisture from the clothes might be trapped indoors. If drying your clothes outdoors is not an option, a dryer that is able to channel hot humid air outdoors might be a better choice.
4. Keep surfaces dry
Wiping down kitchen and bathroom surfaces after use prevents evaporating water from accumulating in the air. Wet floor mats and towels should be washed and dried as well so that they don’t become a source of humidity indoors.
5. Use desiccants
Without the facilitation of an electrical appliance, desiccants such as silica gel, charcoal, and rock salt can still adsorb some moisture from the air at a slower rate, due to their hygroscopic nature. You can put a basket of charcoal in the room and replace the charcoal once it gets damp. These desiccants can be reused by drying them up under the sun or in an oven to remove stored moisture.
When it comes to humidity issues, prevention is always better than cure as building maintenance and repairs incurred from humidity issues can be costly. While the methods outlined above may work in the short term, the modern solution to high levels of indoor humidity is a dehumidifier that suits your home. Dehumidifiers are essential household appliances in most Australian homes and are the ultimate fix for when you start noticing signs of high indoor humidity.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general reference only. Please seek advice from professionals according to your business’s needs.