Anyone who lives in a humid climate knows just how uncomfortable humidity can be. Besides feeling clammy, muggy, and generally sticky, dealing with humidity can cause long-term health issues such as dehydration, fatigue, and heatstroke. When your home gets too humid, the first thing people turn to is buying a new dehumidifier to help combat it.
Though buying a dehumidifier will certainly help with your humidity, there are some things you can do that will dehumidify your home naturally. Before you buy a fancy new dehumidifier or even call an HVAC company to come in, here are some tips on how to dehumidify a room naturally:
Open Doors and Windows
One of the easiest and best ways to take some of the humidity out of your home: open your windows! Letting in fresh air will improve circulation inside and make it a little more comfortable inside.
Some plants can absorb water and humidity from the air. These plants can be great natural dehumidifiers, especially when combined with other natural dehumidifiers. Try to get plants such as English Ivy, Boston Fern, or parlor palm, and stay away from rainforest plants.
While it may be tempting to take a hot shower after a long day, hot showers can seriously add to the humidity in your home. Try to take cooler showers when you can, and keep the door open to the bathroom when you can to increase the air circulation.
If you have a ceiling fan in your home, you’ll definitely want to use it to help evaporate condensation and extra moisture in the air. Just make sure that your ceiling fan is rotating counterclockwise, as this will guarantee the cool air down onto you. When it gets cold again, you can rotate the ceiling fan back to clockwise.
Just like how it can absorb bad smells and odors from the refrigerator, baking soda can also absorb moisture from the air. Leave a box of baking soda on a window sill of any particularly humid room in your home, and it will help take away some of the humidity from the air.
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