Summers in Old Hickory, TN, are hot and humid. When the indoor humidity level is higher than 50%, you’ll feel uncomfortable. Excessive humidity makes it difficult for your body to release heat. Your skin will feel clammy or sticky. High indoor humidity levels can negatively impact your belongings and the structure of your home. Keep reading to learn four ways to lower humidity in your home.
Seal Air Leaks
Moisture from the outdoor air seeps into your home through tiny gaps and cracks. These air leaks are common around the door and window frames, chimney and gas line flues, electrical conduit and openings for cable, phone and internet service. Seal these little gaps and cracks with the appropriate type of caulk.
Consider a Vapor Barrier
Install a polyethylene ground cover in your crawl space. Consider a similar type of vapor barrier around your home’s foundation. These vapor barriers inhibit capillary action or the wicking of moisture up your home’s foundation and to the walls and floors. The Department of Energy also suggests adding a drainage plane and ensuring that your home’s gutters and downspouts divert water from the foundation.
Use Exhaust Fans
When you’re cooking, bathing, showering, cleaning, or doing laundry, use exhaust fans. This spot ventilation removes humidity from the immediate area. Leave the fan on for an additional 10 minutes after completing the activity.
Install a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
A whole-home dehumidifier is an optimal way to reduce excess humidity throughout your home. These systems extract excess moisture, condense it and drain it into your home’s wastewater system. They work independently of your home’s heating system or air conditioner. A whole-home dehumidifier may reduce the workload of your cooling system. It will also improve the indoor air quality.
For more tips on lowering the humidity in your Old Hickory home, take a look at Busy Bee Heating & Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality services, or contact us today.