How to Stay Comfortable and Save Energy During Humid Months

  • May 31, 2021

Cooling and heating account for about 48% of energy costs in the average US home. However, if the air in your home has too much moisture, your home may feel warmer than the actual air temperature. If you want your home to stay energy-efficient during the humid months, you must take moisture control into account.

A house with too much humid air can have issues with mold and mildew. Moist air is also the perfect environment for bacteria to spread. Excess moisture in the air can also take a toll on:

  • Health
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Hardwood floors
  • Carpeting
  • Comfort
  • Energy bill

Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the amount of moisture in your home.

Check Your Clothes Dryer

An improperly vented clothes dryer can dump some or all that water from your wet clothes into the air. Make sure your venting system is sealed all the way from the back of your dryer to the exhaust port on your home’s exterior. And be sure to clean the vent regularly, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Vent Your Bathroom Fans Outside

Exhaust fans from cooking surfaces or the bathroom that are vented into your attic only redistribute humidity within your home. All such fans should be vented to the outside, with the system checked for leakage.

Seal Air Leaks

Finding the places where outside air is leaking in and conditioned air is leaking out and sealing those leaks is a cost-effective way to improve air comfort and cut energy costs. Check your doors and windows for the effectiveness of air seals and caulk or weatherstrip as needed.

Insulate Water Pipes

Condensation can occur when there is a difference between the temperature of your water pipes and the humid air in your home. Insulating your water pipes keeps this condensation from occurring on the cold water pipes. This condensation contributes to humidity problems in the home. Insulating hot water pipes eliminates heat loss between the hot water heater and the tap, which means heating and using less water over time. Both will help keep your energy bill in line.

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