Welcome to June, and welcome to another hot and humid Maryland summer. Over the next few months, Maryland will be blanketed in a nice thick coat of humidity, and if you don’t take proper precautions, you may be feeling that humidity inside just as much as you do out. To prevent water damage from humidity and condensation this summer, check out these tips to regulate indoor humidity.
Controlling Indoor Humidity
Whether the humidity sneaks in through open windows and drafty doors or whether it’s from daily living tasks like showering and cooking, too much moisture accumulation can lead to mold and mildew growth. Try these steps to prevent excessive indoor humidity, both to prevent water damage and for your own comfort.
- The relative humidity in your house should be below 55%. If your thermostat doesn’t display your home’s humidity, you can find plenty of reasonably priced and reasonably effective hygrometers for purchase online.
- High-humidity areas should have exhaust fans to whisk moisture out of the air and out of your home. These areas include the kitchen, laundry room, and most importantly the bathroom. Make sure those exhaust fans move moisture outside — not to the attic or basement.
- Take shorter and/or cooler showers. (Cool showers actually feel pretty nice in the summer)
- House plants actually release more moisture than they absorb — eliminating a few may reduce indoor humidity.
- If you’re having trouble controlling your home’s humidity, invest in a dehumidifier. It’ll make your home more comfortable and the investment protects you against much more costly water damage later down the line.
Water Damage Dangers of Indoor Humidity
Humidity is a result of warm air’s ability to hold higher moisture content than cold air. When a hot, humid day becomes a cool summer night, or for example when a steamy bathroom begins to cool off, the moisture in the air will settle on your walls. When moisture rests on or against your walls consistently for an extended period of time, it’s liable to begin growing mold or mildew. And we all know how dangerous mold can be.
Before we go — speaking of summertime water damage, make sure you check out this recent blog post about preventing water damage from your home’s air conditioning unit!
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Watch Out for Water Damage from Indoor Humidity,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.