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Monitoring the humidity level in your home is important. A house with too much moisture in the air becomes prime territory for the development of mold and mildew. Mold can cause damage to many surfaces and can pose health hazards. The key to keeping the humidity level in your home from getting too high is to dehumidify the air. In addition to using a dehumidifier, there are several other ways you can remove excess moisture from the air inside your home.
Open windows when you boil water on the stove top. Allowing humidity to escape through windows prevents it from remaining in your home.
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Run a dehumidifier in areas of your home prone to humidity. Basements, in particular, tend to retain moisture due to lack of air circulation and the use of laundry machines.
Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom while showering or bathing. Leave the exhaust fan on a while afterward, as well, to remove moisture from the air and keep from adding humidity to nearby rooms.
Caulk around pipes, bathtubs and sinks. Cracks or chips in the caulk allow water to seep into the walls, which can contribute to the humidity level of your home.
Dehumidify your home by running the heat or air conditioning as needed. Both will dry the air throughout the house.
Cooler water in the shower or bath puts less humidity into the air.
Leave doors to bedrooms ajar to allow air to circulate and prevent humidity from getting trapped in one room.
During rainy or humid weather, keep windows closed and use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.
Hang up towels after bathing. Leaving them in a pile on the floor traps moisture.