Moisture in the air, otherwise known as humidity, can be especially damaging inside your home. When the humidity is too high inside of your living space, it can fry electronics, damage paper goods (artwork, books, important documents), and generally be a pain in your butt. If you have a problem with in-home humidity damaging your important possessions and aren’t ready to commit to a climate-controlled storage unit yet, don’t fret.
We’ve collected some tips to help you simultaneously reduce indoor air moisture and increase your peace of mind. Win win.
- A lot of in-home storage ends up being in your basement. Lots of basement storage areas have concrete walls. Concrete walls can be a significant source of excess humidity, but that can be lessened by using waterproofing products such as Drylok.
- Check out your roof! Your walls! Your foundation! Your insulation! Leaks from outside to inside can lead to water build up where it shouldn’t be and that leads to (you guessed it) increased levels of indoor humidity as well as a wealth of other potential problems.
- Take advantage of your exhaust fans! Always use them when cooking, showering, or doing laundry if available. Their job is to reduce indoor air moisture.
- Do you have a ton of house plants? It might be time to put them outside. While some plants are known for taking moisture from the air, all house plants release more moisture than they take on and can cause indoor air balance problems.
- Is your insulation older than the Constitution? That might be leading to problems with indoor humidity. Get your insulation checked out – especially in lesser traveled areas like crawl spaces – and update where necessary. You’ll find it much easier to control air quality, temperature, and moisture levels inside afterwards.
- Depending on the slope of your yard and the yards next door, there could be a considerable amount of underground water pooling and buildup that’s affecting your home’s interior moisture levels. Ensure that your yard slopes away from your house at a rate of one inch of downward tilt per foot of distance for the best protection.
- You can always use fans to increase air flow through your home, in turn improving ventilation and not giving moisture a chance to settle in and destroy anything important.
- When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? If you can’t answer that question, it’s probably a good time to go clear them out. That will help water from backing up and pooling, leading to retained indoor moisture.
- Make your showers just a little cooler and a little shorter. Small changes can have big long term advantages.
- This is the simplest suggestion of them all: invest in a dehumidifier. There are many different kinds, so do some research in order to find out what kind is the best for your home.
The easiest way to protect important possessions from the threat of in-home air moisture is by putting those things in a specially regulated storage unit, but there are a number of other options you can try first. We’d love if you’d share any other tips you have for protecting your stuff and decreasing in-home humidity.