Removing moisture is an essential step in maintaining your home. Excess moisture can cause mold and mildew, musty odors, wood rot, insect infestations, and other problems. Moreover, mold caused by moisture can irritate your skin and cause serious respiratory problems. Many people use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from their homes, but there are several alternatives that are effective.
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Turn on the heat, and let the home reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This will draw out moisture from the furnishings.
Turn on the air conditioner. Let the home reach 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the air conditioner to run for three hours, and then return levels to normal.
Install and run an exhaust fan. Running an exhaust fan 10 minutes will remove most of the moisture from the air after bathing or showering. If you use an exhaust fan regularly, keep in mind that during particularly humid days, the outdoor air may be more humid than the indoor air, so using the fan will only make things worse.
Clean up obvious excess moisture. The most common examples include leaky plumbing and water heaters, stopped-up drains, and broken washing machine hoses. Check these areas once per month.
Add ventilation to your home. Ventilation is most important in areas that collect moisture, such as attics and crawl spaces. Attics require 1 square foot of unobstructed ventilation for each 150 square feet of attic space. Crawl spaces require roughly 1 square inch of unobstructed ventilation for each square foot of crawl space area.