Living in Florida, we’re all familiar with humidity. After all, the Sunshine State is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Factor in South Florida’s almost tropical climate and it’s not surprising that Florida is one of the most humid states in the U.S.
While Florida’s weather may be humid, it doesn’t mean our homes have to be too. If your Florida home is humid, here’s how you can reduce the humid conditions.
Consider the Source of Moisture
Before you try any of the humidity-reducing remedies below, it’s important to consider the source of the moisture. If the source of the humidity is something you can fix, like a leak or lots of houseplants, always opt to fix the problem first. Lots of things can contribute to excess humidity in your home, like a damp attic, a leaky roof, poor ventilation or an improperly sized AC. If the source of the humidity is out of your control (like living in a multifamily complex for example), then we recommend trying the solutions below.
Tools to Help You Reduce Humidity in Your Home
Dehumidifier: If you have excess moisture inside of your home, a dehumidifier may help. Dehumidifiers work by drawing excess moisture out. Portable dehumidifiers are relatively small, inexpensive, and can be purchased at a hardware store, making them a convenient solution for individuals who are just renting their home or do not have a permanent residence. For those who do have a permanent residence, a dehumidifying appliance can be installed in your home by an HVAC professional. A heat pump dehumidifier for example, can be installed in the dampest area of your home, which can greatly reduce the overall humidity levels.
Make Your Own Dehumidifier:
Some of the humidifiers on the market today are really impressive and tell you how much moisture is in the air in your home, but if you’d like to get your DIY hat on, you can follow these steps:
What you’ll need:
- Two 5-gallon buckets
- Rock salt
- Hand drill
Take one of the buckets and drill a bunch of holes. The author from DIY Natural suggested drilling 6 to 7 holes and make them ¼ inch or so across.
Place the bucket with the holes inside the other bucket. Pour roughly 5 pounds of rock salt in the top bucket.
Place your new dehumidifier in an area where you want to reduce moisture. Check your new invention in a few days and there will be water in the bottom. Dump out the water and remember to check it every few days.
Hygrometer: A hygrometer is a device used to check the moisture level inside of your home. By monitoring the moisture level in your home, you can assess what is causing the increase. This way, you’ll be able to make any necessary changes to reduce the moisture inside knowing that you’re targeting the root of the problem.
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Call the HVAC Professionals at WEATHER ENGINEERS
At Weather Engineers, we want your home to be comfortable year round, which is why we offer a variety of products and solutions that help reduce the humidity levels in your home. Learn more about the products and services we offer, or give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.