Humidity in the summer and the rainy season is unbelievable. You’ll spot fungus in your home, smell mildew, see the foggy window. Your skin will fill clumsy. Sweating won’t be cooling you off because due to the extreme humidity the sweat doesn’t evaporate. If your house is a bit old, you’ll spot damp, rotting woods, molds. The mold spores can be extremely dangerous to some people as it can induce the severe allergic reaction to their body. Rust and oxidization speed up in this kind of humid environment. So here you need to find the way out to overcome this unwanted occurrence.
The importance of proper indoor humidity level:
Indoor humidity is one of the most underestimated house hazards as many allergens and pathogens work best in the humidity. Your sneezing, wheezing, asthma symptoms and chronic couch indicate that the humidity of your home is quite high. The ideal humidity level for your home is less than 60% in summer and 25-40% in winter. Try to keep your bedroom humidity at 50% all over the year to reduce dust mites and allergens.
How to lower humidity:
The first and foremost action you can take is to ventilate. Ventilation is good because in increases the air-flow which in turn reduces the humidity. Increase ventilation especially in the areas which cause humidity, like the bathroom and kitchen. Always keep the vent fans on, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. If you don’t have a vent fan, try to install it. If you do not have a ventilator system, crack a window open to dry the moisture out. Use fans to increase ventilation.
2. Check the pipes:
Always check the pipes to find leakage. If you find one, insulate it. You can use pool noodles (we use for swimming) as a cheap fix to the leaking pipes.
3. Cover the soil in house plants:
Always cover the exposed soil with the excess water in the soil will evaporate and the humidity in the room will increase. And you will need to water the plants more.
4. Keep the gutter clean:
Always keep the downspouts and the gutter as clean as possible to drain out the excess water away from your home.
5. Turn the AC on:
Set your air conditioning to the dry mode to remove moisture.
6. Use a dehumidifier:
A dehumidifier works best within closed doors. Because of this, it is usually placed in the bathroom or basement. To maintain proper circulation, it needs to be placed away from the walls and furniture.
Types of dehumidifier:
There are three types of dehumidifier present in the market-
1. Desiccant dehumidifier:
It has many packets of silica gel attached to it. The silica gel naturally absorbs moisture. This type of dehumidifier works best on moderate humidity.
2. Mechanical dehumidifier:
It works like normal air-conditioning. It has a metal coil which condenses the air and drips the droplets into the water tank. This type of dehumidifier is best suited for moderate to high humidity level and in warm condition.
3. Peltier dehumidifier:
This kind of dehumidifier can be placed on average size bedroom, bathroom, and closets. This dehumidifier is less energy efficient than the above two dehumidifiers.
If you don’t one to invest buying a dehumidifier, you can make one by yourself.
Learn how to make a dehumidifier:
1. Take a 5-gallon bucket and drill 7-8 quarter inch holes in the bottom.
2. Place the bucket with the hole in the other 5-gallon bucket. Put 5 pounds of rock salt inside the top bucket.
3. Put this in the area where you want to dehumidify. After few days you’ll see some water in the bottom bucket. Dump the water out and check it in every few days.
4. After a few use, you need to replace the rock salt. But it is very cheap so you can afford it.