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3 Easy Ways to Dehumidify Your Florida Home

May 27, 2014

When we say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,“ what do we mean?

We mean the amount of water vapor in the air makes you feel way hotter than the actual temperature. It’s because your sweat can’t evaporate off your body to cool you off.

So if you can dehumidify your home in the summer you’ll feel more comfortable and won’t have to run your air conditioner as much, saving you money.

That’s not all, either. Keeping relative humidity between 30% to 50% can prevent other annoying problems like:

  • Mold and mildew growth in various parts of your home
  • Wood rot in your furniture
  • Peeling or blistering of wall paint
  • Insects infesting your home

Here are 3 free, easy ways to lower home humidity levels to keep your family comfortable.

1) Permit your plants to play outside

We love plants, especially ones that can purify your air. But in the summer, it’s best to leave many of them outside to keep humidity levels low.


Well, your plants release moisture through a process called transpiration. Basically, transpiration is water evaporating from the leaves, adding sticky humidity to your home. So if you’re a big plant lover, consider putting plants that need more sunlight outside.

2) Shorten your shower time

Does anyone in your home like taking long, hot showers? They may be making others uncomfortable in the process since the humidity from that shower makes others feel warmer.

Do this instead:

  1. Learn how to take shorter showers (this will also lower your water heating costs).
  2. Use the bathroom fan to circulate the humid air out.

3) Keep fresh air flowing through your home

Do you know how a basement gets so humid? Humidity builds up and has no where to go. So turn on the ceiling fan and crack a window in the areas of your home that aren’t cooled well by your air conditioner. This will keep fresh air circulating in your home.

Better ways to dehumidify your home

Want to learn more ways to dehumidify your home? We suggest getting a dehumidifier.

Cool Today provides award-winning air conditioning service to Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas like Bradenton, Tampa and Port Charlotte. If you have any questions, talk to one of our experts for help.

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