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Reducing Humidity in Your Home: Practical Tips for a Healthier Environment

Get practical tips on how to combat humidity and reduce excess moisture issues in your home.

High humidity can pose significant challenges in homes, particularly in humid climates. From promoting mold growth to exacerbating health problems, excess moisture is a real nuisance. But fret not, here are 11 proactive tips to help you combat humidity and maintain a comfortable living space. Additionally, don’t miss our out-of-the-box bonus tips at the end of the article. 

1. Ensure Adequate Ventilation

Keep your home well-ventilated by opening windows and doors when the outdoor humidity is lower. This allows moist air to escape and fresh, drier air to circulate indoors. Installing ventilation fans in areas like bathrooms and kitchens can further aid in moisture removal.


2. Increase Airflow with Fans

Utilize fans like ceiling or box fans to enhance airflow throughout your home. Improved air circulation can effectively lower humidity levels and dry out rooms.


3. Embrace Your Air Conditioning

Make the most of your air conditioner as it works wonders in reducing indoor humidity by extracting moisture from the air. Remember to keep your AC in good working condition and clean the filters regularly.


4. Harness the Power of Humidity-Absorbing Plants

Certain plants, such as English Ivy, Boston ferns, and peace lilies, naturally absorb humidity. While not a standalone solution, placing these plants around your home can be a helpful supplement.


5. Seal the House

Prevent humid air from infiltrating your home by sealing any drafts around windows and doors with weatherstripping or caulking.


6. Avoid Indoor Clothes Drying

Drying clothes indoors can substantially increase humidity levels. Whenever possible, opt for outdoor or well-ventilated areas for drying your laundry.


7. Reduce Cooking Steam

Cooking generates a significant amount of moisture. When cooking, boiling water, or washing dishes, use exhaust fans to keep humidity in check.


8. Opt for Shorter Showers

Hot showers contribute to indoor humidity. Try taking cooler or shorter showers to minimize steam production.


9. Utilize Moisture-Absorbing Materials

Consider using materials like silica gel or calcium chloride to absorb excess moisture in rooms. Look for products like DampRid that incorporate these materials.


10. Insulate Your Home

Proper insulation helps maintain consistent indoor temperatures and reduces condensation, ultimately lowering humidity levels.


11. Monitor Humidity Levels with a Hygrometer

Using a hygrometer allows you to gauge if humidity levels are too high and track your progress as you take steps to reduce humidity.


12. Install a Dehumidifier

Place the dehumidifier in a well-ventilated area, set the desired humidity level (usually between 30% and 50%), and remember to empty the water tank regularly and clean the filters per manufacturer’s instructions. 

How to Reduce Humidity in Your House: 10 Bonus Tips 

Here are some unconventional and out-of-the-box ideas to reduce humidity in your house.

  1. Salt Rock Dehumidifiers: Place a few salt rock dehumidifiers strategically around your home. Salt has natural moisture-absorbing properties and can help reduce humidity levels in enclosed spaces.
  2. Rice Dehumidifiers: Fill breathable fabric bags with uncooked rice and place them in areas with high humidity. The rice will absorb excess moisture from the air, acting as a DIY dehumidifier.
  3. DIY “Humidity-Sucking” Art Installation: Hang a large canvas covered in moisture-absorbing material, like silica gel or activated charcoal, on a wall. Not only can it act as an art piece, but it will also work to reduce humidity in the room.
  4. Solar-Powered Dehumidifier: Consider investing in a solar-powered dehumidifier for areas without easy access to electricity. It harnesses the sun’s energy to power its moisture-absorbing capabilities.
  5. Gravel Bed: Create a gravel bed in your garden adjacent to your home’s foundation. The gravel will act as a natural drainage system, preventing excess moisture from seeping into your home.
  6. Outdoor Wind Tunnels: Install wind tunnels on opposing sides of your home to allow outdoor air to pass through and flush out indoor humidity.
  7. DIY Wind-Powered Exhaust Fan: Set up a wind turbine or windmill to power an exhaust fan. The fan can help remove moist air from your home, using nature’s energy to combat humidity.
  8. Damp Rid Bags in Closets: Keep your closets dry by hanging Damp Rid bags on clothing rods. This unconventional solution can help prevent clothes from becoming musty due to high humidity.
  9. Bamboo Charcoal Bags: Bamboo charcoal has excellent moisture-absorbing properties. Place bamboo charcoal bags in various rooms to naturally combat excess humidity.
  10. Gravity-Driven Humidity Trap: Set up a gravity-fed system that collects rainwater from your roof and directs it away from your home’s foundation, helping to prevent excessive moisture buildup.


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Josh Odmark

Josh Odmark is the co-founder and CTO of YourIAQ and Sensables, where he leads product development and engineering efforts. A full-stack engineer with experience in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, Josh has co-founded several technology companies, including Pandio and Local Data Exchange. Josh is an experienced engineer and maker with a passion for building data-driven tools and solutions to everyday problems.