Let’s be honest: Few things are worse than high humidity. Especially when that humidity is combined with the summer heat.
Humid summers can drench you head-to-foot in pouring sweat and make even the most pleasant of days feel muggy and oppressive.
To make matters worse, this humidity has a way of making its way indoors so that nowhere feels safe.
For this reason, it’s important to know what steps you can take to fight off this humidity and make your home cool and refreshing, no matter how swampy it gets outside.
In this guide, we will take a look at the reasons why humidity increases in summers.
And the ten effective remedies to lower down the indoor humidity that will make this summer your best yet!
Why Is Humidity High in Summers?
You’ll find that the damp rooms in your house (bathroom, kitchen, and basement, for example) will tend to always have a higher humidity reading.
This is to be expected and also shows that you may have to do more to get the humidity levels down in these rooms.
One of the major reasons for high humidity in summers is high temperature.
It’s a fact that warmer air can hold more moisture than colder air. Hence, it is the high temperature that makes all the difference to the air and its moisture content.
Cold air in winters (even when completely saturated) contains far less water/moisture than warmer air in summers.
Studies showed that air at higher temperatures (like above 20°C) can contain up to 10 times more moisture content than air at 0°C. And for this reason, you feel stickier in summer.
Besides the obvious signs (moist air, excessive sweating, and a stuffier atmosphere), you can check the humidity levels professionally by getting a reading.
Hygrometers are available for cheap and will give you an accurate reading of the humidity levels in your house.
So, what’s a good hygrometer rating?
Science reveals that the most comfortable levels come between the range of 30 to 50, with the ideal humidity level resting at 45.
Anything below this range is too dry, while anything 50 and above is excessively humid.
If your hygrometer reveals a reading 50 or above, you’ll know it’s time to try out the helpful tips contained in this guide.
Top 10 Ways to Reduce Summer Humidity Naturally
With all this being said, let’s now jump into the top ten ways you can reduce summer humidity indoors naturally without a dehumidifier:
1- Take Cooler Showers
Here’s something you may not have thought about.
Hot showers may be nice, but there’s no getting around the fact that they have an unintended consequence: steam.
Just as a hot shower can fog up your bathroom mirror, it can add tons of humidity to your house, especially if every member of your family takes one.
The solution to this is simple: take cooler showers. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should turn your bathwater into an arctic pool.
By simply turning the heat down a bit in your shower, you can dramatically increase the amount of humidity in your house, particularly if you have more than one bathroom in your house.
Need another reason to do so? Cool showers will help you to feel better in the face of the summer heat—so make your next shower a cool one.
2- Turn on the Air Conditioner
This one may seem like common sense, but it’s worth stating.
Leaving your air conditioner on for just a few hours a day can significantly reduce the amount of humidity in your house.
While keeping the system on for too long can raise your bills, it’s a great device to use when the heat and humidity get unbearable.
That’s because the system will remove warm and humid air from your house and replace it with cooler air.
3- Crack a Window
We know what you might be thinking—won’t your house get more humid if you crack a window?
After all, you’re trying to make sure that your house doesn’t feel like it does outside.
Despite this, evidence suggests that leaving one window cracked will help excess moisture and humidity leave your house so that your home is drier and more balanced.
Which windows do you want to crack? Start with the ones in damper rooms, such as your bathroom or even your kitchen.
This will help to create the airflow necessary to mediate indoor humidity and give you a nicer-feeling home.
4- Clean Your Gutters
Nobody likes cleaning their gutters. Unfortunately, clogged gutters are a major cause of indoor water leaks, meaning your home could suffer if you go too long between cleanings.
Leaks in your house will invariably boost the amount of moisture in your home, causing your humidity levels to rise.
Knowing this, you’ll want to make sure that you are regularly cleaning your gutters so that you don’t suffer from any leaks that make your home uncomfortable.
5- Remove Plants
We get it—your plants take your home décor to the next level.
Despite this, they release large amounts of excess water that make your home more humid than it needs to be.
Think about it this way: you water your plants at least every other day, but where does that water go?
When your plants take in carbon dioxide from the surrounding environment, they are releasing that water into the air.
This means that rooms with plants become moister and more humid than other rooms in your house. This can be a problem if you’ve got plants in your living room or bedroom.
What this means for you is that you should invest in outdoor plants if you wish to reduce the amount of humidity in your home.
In this way, you’ll be able to boost the aesthetic value of your home without having to suffer from unnecessarily large amounts of humidity.
6- Use Your Fans
If you’ve got a box fan, that’s a good starting point. You’ll want to turn the fans in your home on (ceiling fans, box fans, and even the exhaust fans in your kitchen).
This will help to suck up any moisture and to create more airflow that will usher out the humidity and bring more stable conditions to your home.
My kids love using the Rowenta electronic table fan (on Amazon) that comes with a remote control.
It’s extremely silent and is working like a charm even after 2 years.
7- Dry Any Excess Water
You may be surprised by how much excess water exists in your house.
We like to think of our homes as warm and dry places, but the truth of the matter is that there’s often much more water lying around the house than we may realize.
Think about it this way: you’ve just finished washing the dishes, and now you’re ready to relax.
You don’t realize that you’ve left small amounts of water in the sink and on the countertops. The bathroom sink, as well, is dotted in water, as is your bathtub.
All of this excess water can contribute to heightened moisture and humidity in your house.
For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that you keep your surfaces dry and that you keep water use to a minimum.
Doing so will allow you to make your home less humid and more pleasant, no matter how humid it is where you live.
8- Hang Your Clothes Outside
Building on this, you’ll want to make sure to dry your clothes outside. A dryer can heat your house up like an old-fashioned oven, but hang-drying your clothes inside can be just as bad.
That’s because the excess water in the clothes will collect in the air and add unnecessary moisture to your house. This can make your home extremely humid and uncomfortable.
For this reason, you’ll want to be sure to dry your clothes outside. By drying your clothes outside, you can keep the moisture where it’s supposed to be while giving your clothes the quality dry they need.
Do this simple trick to give your house the humidity reduction you’ve been looking for.
9- Use a Basket of Charcoal
This is one you may not have heard about. Studies have proven the amazing absorption qualities of charcoal.
To get your home feeling less humid, simply dump a bit of charcoal into a basket and place it in a corner of the room. The charcoal will absorb the moisture and create an evener balance in the air.
The best part is that this charcoal can last anywhere from two to three months, making it a cheap way to get your house feeling more pleasant in the summertime (or whenever it’s humid).
10- Clean Your Rugs
Did you know that your rugs actually retain moisture?
If you find that your home is too humid, it may be because your rugs are getting too moist. For this reason, consider having your rugs dry cleaned or even replacing them altogether.
This will help you keep your home feeling suitable, no matter how humid it gets outside.
Remember that the same can be said for all your surfaces, so be sure to clean your sheets, covers, and couch cushions, as well.
Doing so will give you an easy way to reduce humidity in your home.
The Bottom Line
Getting rid of intense humidity doesn’t have to be difficult—even in the summertime.
By following the information in this guide, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of humidity in your home without a dehumidifier.
All the tips in this piece have been tested and give you the chance to truly have your home feeling better.
So don’t wait!
If you find your home too humid, go out and try any combination of these tips today.
We know this for sure: if done correctly, these tips will have your home feeling more livable in no time!
Meen Smith is a nurse by profession who loves writing online, spending time with her family and caring for the elderly. She has already worked as an associate editor on various moms, babies, home appliances, kitchen, and healthy living blogs. In her spare time, she also enjoys drawing, reading/writing kindle eBooks and improving her skills a bit.