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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » How to Battle Humidity in Your Home

How to Battle Humidity in Your Home

exhaust-fan-546946_640Summer is here, which means hot, sticky conditions inside your home. To prevent condensation, the growth of mold and mildew, and increase the comfort in your home, check out the following helpful tips for reducing humidity indoors.

Exhaust fans

Installing exhaust fans is the simplest way to reduce humidity in your home. Areas like the bathrooms laundry room, and kitchen have the most moisture and would benefit most from exhaust fans. For the optimal effect, turn them on and let them run whenever you’re running water in the room–such as while you’re doing dishes or showering.

Dehumidifiers

Like an air conditioner, dehumidifers draw in the humid air and then channel it over cold coils to condense and remove the moisture. The moisture collects in a container that needs to be emptied periodically. Dehumidifiers are rated in pints removal capacity for every 24 hours, so be sure to choose the right capacity for your room and needs.

Vapor barriers

Installing a vapor barrier in your basement will prevent water vapor from entering the home. A vapor barrier is a polyethylene plastic or foil coating used to damp-proof any room or space. They are typically thin, flexible membranes with a permeability value of less than 1.0. They should be installed on the warm side of your basement or crawlspace to block outdoor moisture as well as beneath the floor to inhibit ground moisture from seeping inside. You can purchase a vapor barrier from most hardware or home goods store.

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