For those of you living in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, you know the struggle with humidity in the area. As if the scorching Texas heat isn’t enough as is, the humidity throws the temperature to crazy heights. The worst part? If you haven’t been able to get the humidity of your home to a comfortable point, it can seem like you are never able to escape the uncomfortable heat.
At Ratterree Heat & Air, we understand how much of an impact humidity has on your home. Whether you’re needing more humidity or are trying to lower the amount of humidity in your house, we have a few tips and tricks to provide. Continue reading this blog to find out ways you can lower or raise your home’s humidity.
For additional information or assistance, reach out to us at Ratterree Heat & Air for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We can assess the humidity in your home, provide air quality tests, and so much more!
Ways To Lower Your Home’s Humidity
Not many people pay attention to the humidity in their home until it gets too humid or dry, which is completely understandable. For those that are curious what a healthy percentage of humidity in your home is, it’s anywhere between 30-50%. Anywhere in that range is considered a healthy percentage, so it is up to you to determine where on that scale you want your home to be. For some, closer to 50% might be ideal, whereas other people might prefer a less-humid environment. If your humidity is far past that mark, here are some tips on lowering it:
- Leverage Your Air Conditioner – Air conditioners naturally help to reduce humidity because it’s pushing cold air into the area while removing the warm, humid air. To ensure your air conditioning is doing its job correctly, it is recommended to have it regularly maintained. If it’s been a while since you last had your HVAC system inspected, give us at Ratterree Heat & Air a call to make sure everything is working as it should.
- Utilize Your Ventilation – Yes, the vents in your bathroom and above your oven can come in super handy when trying to lower your home’s humidity and increase your home’s air quality. When you are taking a shower or cooking a meal, turn on the vent to help push the hot, humid air out of the area. Oftentimes, as soon as people are done in the bathroom or have finished cooking their meal, they will turn the vents off. If you let them run a while longer, it will really help reduce indoor humidity.
- Take Cooler Showers – We know sometimes in this hot Texas heat, cool showers can be very appealing. With that being said, it probably isn’t desirable for you to take cold showers every time you need to rinse off. However, hot showers are the enemy of comfort when it comes to your home’s humidity levels. We aren’t saying you need to only take freezing cold showers from here on out, but we do recommend lowering the temperature to just a few degrees cooler. By doing this, you will not add as much steam into the air and help to decrease the amount of humidity in your house.
Ways To Increase Humidity
While the common goal for most homeowners living in the Dallas and Fort Worth area is to reduce humidity, there are cases where increasing the humidity in your home is necessary. If your home is below that 30% mark of humidity, here are some tips on how to increase humidity:
- Use A Humidifier – Humidifiers emit water vapor, increasing humidity. While there are smaller models for one room, there are also larger models that are recommended when trying to increase the humidity throughout your entire home. If you have questions about humidifiers or what kind to purchase, give our expert team at Ratterree Heat & Air a call. We’re happy to steer you in the right direction.
- Air Dry Your Laundry Inside – If you typically dry your clothes in the dryer or hang them outside after they come out of the wash, try hanging them on a clothing rack inside your home instead. The moisture from your clothes will evaporate into the air and contribute to increased humidity. Not only will this trick help with increasing the humidity level in your home, it will also help reduce your electricity bill with this natural solution!
- Add Houseplants – Besides adding color and life to your home, houseplants can also help to add humidity to your home through a process called transpiration. In simple terms, transpiration is the moisture plants absorb from their roots being evaporated into the air around it. All you have to do is water your plants and let them do the rest!
How Ratterree Heat & Air Can Help
As a family-owned and operated company, we know how important it is to keep your family comfortable in your home. We offer a variety of services including air conditioning maintenance and repairs, home air quality testing, heating services, and more! Whether you need simple repairs, an assessment on your current heating and cooling system, or you are looking to have a brand new unit installed, we are your trusted experts in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Give us a call today for all of your heating and cooling needs, we are here to help!