A high level of humidity in your home can cause mildew and mold growth that will destroy your home’s furnishings. High humidity can also cause damage to cabinet refinishing in your bathroom and kitchen. This guide provides a few tips to keep your home’s air drier.
How Can You Control Humidity in Your Home?
1. Dry Out Damp Surfaces
Particularly if your home has dirt or concrete floors in a basement or crawlspace, you may notice these surfaces feel damp to the touch. You can use fans and open nearby windows to help dry these areas. Since dampness indicates a higher level of humidity, look for damp surfaces in kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well.
2. Run Exhaust Fans
Running the exhaust fan in your bathroom while you shower will help reduce humidity, so be sure to leave the fan running for 30 minutes after you finish your shower. The same thing goes for the exhaust fan above your stove. Running that fan as you cook or bake will help manage humidity levels, so your kitchen cabinets won’t be affected by the increase of moisture and heat.
3. Reduce Interior Heat
Building up heat in the home will also add to the level of humidity, which is the result of heat interacting with moisture. For this reason, you should consistently run your air conditioning unit at the same temperature 24 hours a day. You can also keep the temperature more moderate and humidity low by taking cooler showers that generate less steam.
4. Invest in a Dehumidifier
Running a dehumidifier in your home will help you maintain an accurate reading of the humidity, while also helping to keep the level of humidity low. You can have a contractor install a dehumidifier that will treat the whole home, or if you notice specific problem areas, a portable device will be sufficient. In particular, keeping humidity levels below 65% in the kitchen and bathroom will help you protect any cabinet refinishing.
Once you address the problems contributing to your home’s high humidity, you may be ready to tackle a cabinet refinishing job. Located in Marietta, GA, Apex Furniture Refinishing can help you with any restoration project. Their dedicated team has the skills to meet or exceed your expectations, providing superior craftsmanship for many years. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (770) 971-2007.