When temperatures rise in Kansas City during the summer, so do the indoor humidity levels, which means greater discomfort and possible health problems.
But here’s the good news: You can easily lower indoor humidity levels by following these DIY tips:
- Use your washer/dryer wisely
- Limit the number of indoor plants you have
- Turn on your ventilation fans
- Take shorter (and colder) showers
Let’s go into more details about each of these actions…
#1: Use your washer/dryer wisely
Most homeowners use their washer/dryer at least once per week. However, these clothes-cleaning devices also produce a lot of humidity.
To use your washer/dryer “wisely,” follow these tips:
- Only turn on the washer and dryer when you have a full load, instead of separating your laundry into smaller loads.
- Instead of turning on your dryer, consider hanging your clothes up to dry outside on a clothesline.
- Make sure your dryer has a vent that leads outdoors. A dryer vent carries condensation from wet clothes outside instead of letting that humid air collect inside the laundry room.
#2: Limit the number of indoor plants you have
Plants are natural humidifiers, meaning they release moisture into the air (through a process called transpiration).
Try moving some of your indoor plants outside during the humid summer months—especially ones that have high transpiration rates.
Examples of houseplants that greatly increase humidity levels indoors include:
- Areca palm
- Rubber fig
- English ivy
- Boston fern
- Peace lily
#3: Turn on your ventilation fans
Ventilation fans suck out humid air and carry it outside to reduce indoor humidity. You can find ventilation fans in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.
To reduce humidity in your home, turn on your ventilation fans when you:
- Take showers
- Cook (anything over the stove)
- Do laundry
Note: It’s also a good idea to keep the ventilation fans running for 15 minutes after you complete the activity, to make sure all of the humid air gets sucked outside.
#4: Take shorter (and colder) showers
Speaking of showers, one easy way to reduce indoor humidity is to just take shorter showers.
You see, the longer you shower, the more steam you add to your home’s air. Additionally, the hotter your shower, the more moisture you add to your home’s air.
So try limiting your showers to 10 minutes and try taking colder showers.
Still humid? Make sure you’ve had your annual AC tune-up.
Did you know your air conditioner automatically dehumidifies your home’s air when it’s running?
It’s true. And since you use your AC every day during the summer, it’s a consistent way to reduce humidity indoors.