Whilst a certain level of moisture ensures a happy and healthy home, excess humidity can quickly become a real problem within properties of all sizes.
The recommended level of humidity in the average UK home is between 40% and 60%, readings above the 60% mark can have a plethora of nasty effects such as condensation, mould, mildew, water staining and a very unpleasant musty odour. If you think your home is suffering the effects of high humidity, take note of the following steps from the humidification specialists at the Air and Water Centre and reduce excess moisture within your home for good!
Take Care in Moisture Prone Rooms
Identifying sources of moisture and controlling these is the first and most important step of reducing humidity within the home. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms in particular are prone to excess moisture with activities like showering, cooking ad drying clothes causing humidity levels to quickly rise.
Take precautions in these rooms to ensure there are sufficiently ventilated and moisture is able to escape. Take shorter showers, switch on your extractor fan during cooking and hang damp clothes outside to dry.
Only a Touch of Foliage
As well as enhancing the décor of your property, plants can purify air within the home, however too many plants can cause excess humidity. Plants that have started to develop mould may mean you have over-greened your home, so reduce your foliage to return moisture levels in your home to the recommended levels.
Encourage Air Circulation
Let humidity caused by everyday living escape naturally by opening your windows and doors regularly, especially during the summer months when humidity can become particularly high. Open doors inside your home too to allow air and humidity to circulate freely from room to room.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a handy home gadget that is widely used throughout homes that have regular problems with high humidity. A dehumidifier takes in moisture from the air and expels dry air to balance your home’s atmosphere once more. Dehumidifiers are available in various tank sizes and extraction rates to remove moisture from rooms of various sizes.
Install Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans are also a great addition to humidity prone homes, especially in rooms that have high hot water usage i.e. the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fan installation is relatively easy to complete if you enlist a professional and can ensure excess moisture has somewhere to escape to should things get a little heated!