How Do You Control Humidity in Your House?

How Do You Control Humidity in Your House?

In your house, there are several sources of water. Leaks or seepage through the basement floor can let water into your home. Even cooking or taking a shower can moisten your home’s air. 

Depending on your home’s temperature, you can hold a certain amount of moisture. As the temperature drops, less moisture is held in the air. In cold weather, this is why water condenses on cold surfaces, for example, on the inside of a window. This moisture can encourage the growth of biological pollutants. Therefore, it is important to control moisture in the best way possible in order to avoid negative outcomes later.

Moisture Can be Controlled in Your Home in Many Ways.


  • Resolve leaks and seepage because if water enters your house from the outside, you have several options, from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing. The lack of gutters or flowing water toward the house can be the cause of water in the basement. Leaks in pipes or around tubs and sinks can provide a breeding ground for biological pollutants.
  • To prevent moisture from entering, you must cover the dirt in plastic crawl spaces. Make sure crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
  • Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture (not into the attic). You should take the to vent your washing dryer outside.
  • In case of moisture on windows or other surfaces, turn off certain appliances such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters.
  • To reduce moisture in the air, use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, but ensure that they don’t cause biological pollution.
  • Condensation of moisture on cold surfaces can be reduced by increasing the temperature. Make sure your windows are insulated or protected from the elements. Open doors between rooms, especially doors to closets that may be colder than other rooms, to increase circulation.

When installed on the inside, a storm window works better than one installed on the outside. Cold surfaces are cooled by circulation. Using fans and moving furniture from the corners of a wall, you promote air and heat circulation. Fresh air must be available in your house, and excess moisture should be expelled.

  • Carpets on concrete floors need special attention. A carpet can absorb moisture and serve as a breeding ground for biological pollutants. It is important to wash area rugs frequently. Suppose carpet is to be installed over concrete. In that case, it may be necessary to install a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover it with sub-flooring to prevent moisture problems.
  • There are different solutions to moisture problems depending on the climate. For example, evaporative coolers used in the Southwest may promote the growth of biological pollutants. When air conditioners in hot regions cool the air too quickly, the machine may not run long enough to remove excess moisture from the air. Depending on the type of construction, there may be different problems with many solutions.



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