Is the humidity in your home off? Maybe it’s way too humid inside, or maybe you’d like a little more moisture in the air. No matter what you need, there are ways to change the humidity in your home so you can be comfortable there.
One way to change your home’s humidity is to install a system-wide humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on what you need. This can help inject moisture into your air or remove extra moisture from it. However, these systems can be expensive and require consistent maintenance to keep them running. If you aren’t quite ready to commit to another home system but you’d like to change your humidity, keep reading.
How to Raise Humidity
There are a few effective ways to raise the humidity in your home.
- Use a vaporizer, cool steam machine, or even a single room humidifier. This can raise the humidity in your local space, which can help you breathe easier.
- Vent your dryer indoors. This releases warm, moist air into your home, which can raise the humidity, especially around the dryer area.
- Air dry your clothes inside. If you have wet clothes, hang them up to dry in the area where you want more humidity. As they dry, they should release moisture into the air.
- Boil water on your stove. As the water boils, it will release moisture, making your air more humid.
- Get some houseplants. Plants continuously release moisture into the air, raising humidity levels slightly. The more plants you have, the higher your indoor humidity levels will be.
- Cook at home. Anytime you cook food, it releases moisture into your air, raising humidity levels.
How to Lower Humidity
If you need to lower your indoor humidity levels, you can do that, too.
- Run your heater or air conditioner. Both of these will dry out the air in your home because of the process used to make the air hot or cold.
- Spread cat litter on pans around your house. You can use baking pans or other broad, shallow pans. The litter will absorb moisture in the air, lowering ambient humidity levels.
- Take short, cool showers. This will help ensure that showering does not add to the moisture level already present in your house.
- Use your kitchen exhaust fan. This will suck all of the moisture released by cooking food out of your home, so it doesn’t linger in the air.
- Run fans. When you point the fan towards you, it can help the air feel less moist, even if it doesn’t remove much actual moisture.
- Clean your air and furnace filters. When these get clogged, your air can get more humid. Keeping them clean makes them more efficient in removing unwanted moisture.
If these ideas don’t work for you and you’re interested in discussing a home humidifying system, give us a call. We’ll send out a Service First Pros HVAC expert to get your home at the right humidity level for you and your family.