reducing humidity in the home


Any of the following will help reduce the levels of humidity in your home:


  • Install a dehumidifier compatible with the size and conditions of the room in which it will be used. A basement dehumidifier can reduce humidity around the entire house.

  • Improving the drainage around the foundation of your home may result in decreased humidity in your basement. Some ways to improve drainage are:


        - Extend downspouts from your gutters away from the foundation of your home
         - Keep gutters and downspouts clear and open
         - Ensure that the soil slopes away from your foundation, to avoid pooling of water around your home
         - Avoid over-watering of foundation plantings


  • Ensure that clothes dryers are properly vented to the outdoors. If you don't use a clothes dryer, dry your clothes outdoors as opposed to hanging them inside for drying.

  • Use vent fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove humidity at the source.

  • Repair leaking outdoor faucets. Not only will this help reduce humidity, but it will also save you money on your water bills!

  • If your home uses central air conditioning, consider installing an A/C vent in the humid space in your home and take advantage of the dehumidifying capabilities of your A/C system. This will also help with air circulation, improving airflow between humid parts of your home and drier parts.