As desert-dwellers, we welcome the rain and cloudy days that come with monsoon season. However, all the additional moisture increases humidity, which can cause some discomfort.
To lower indoor humidity levels on humid days, we recommend the following tips:
Let’s look at each of these tips in more detail below.
Long and hot showers increase humidity in the bathroom. If you leave the door open to ventilate the hot air after the shower, that humidity can quickly spread into other rooms of the house.
Now, we know there’s nothing better than taking a warm shower on a rainy day. We’re not saying you should take a cold shower per se, but if you’re worried about high humidity in your home, we’d recommend lowering the temperature of the water just a bit to reduce humidity.
Additionally, we recommend turning on the bathroom fan and opening the bathroom window to ventilate the air while you shower.
Indoor plants certainly add beauty to a room, but they also add humidity to the air as they “transpire”—which is when plants release water vapor through their leaves.
As a general rule, plants with larger leaves will add more humidity to the air than succulents or plants with small leaves. Try placing some of these leafier plants outside during the monsoon season to reduce muggy air indoors.
Cooking on stoves usually produces steam, which adds humidity to the air in the kitchen.
Luckily, your kitchen stove should have an exhaust fan above it, which carries this humid air outside your home. As you cook, make sure you keep the exhaust fan on to keep your kitchen comfortable.
Did you know when your air conditioner is running, it automatically helps to dehumidify your home’s air?
It’s true—as your AC cools your home’s air, it simultaneously removes moisture from the air. By removing moisture, the air becomes less humid, which reduces the humidity levels inside your home.
That said, if an AC hasn’t been maintained properly, then it may have (or be at risk of developing) problems that prevent proper dehumidification.
To avoid those problems, an HVAC professional should maintain your air conditioner annually. During an annual maintenance visit (also called a “check-up”), a certified HVAC professional will check and clean important components and alert you if your AC has—or will soon have—any dehumidification issues.
Learn more about why AC maintenance is beneficial by reading our blog, “Benefits of Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance.”.
If the answer is “no,” it’s not too late to get your AC ready to combat the higher humidity of monsoon season. Our trained AC technicians perform a thorough, 21-point check-up that will make sure your AC is properly dehumidifying your home’s air and running efficiently.