When we buy or rent a house, we do so with the idea of building a haven of peace and comfort where we can rest and enjoy our lives with our family. We strive for an oasis of wellness that is perfectly decorated to our taste and provides the perfect environmental conditions without any factors that could affect our health.
Because reality often deviates from what we plan, today we want to focus on a problem that countless homeowners encounter: indoor humidity. It may sound like a trivial thing, but having too much or too little humidity in the home can lead to a variety of health problems, such as allergies and respiratory problems.
But luckily, there's a solution for everything in this world! So keep reading to find yours!
Proper ventilation is an extraordinarily important step on the way to control excess moisture in your home. Ventilation in a home can be natural or forced–naturally by way of doors and windows (even chimneys), and machines like fans or air conditioners are the forceful contributors.
In areas where the production of humidity is higher, such as the bathroom and the kitchen, ventilation should be particularly effective in order to remove most of the produced water vapor, especially if there is no window to the outside. In these cases, you will need to force the ventilation.
See the picture of the bathroom above, a magnificent and luxurious establishment of the office of interior designers Lisbon 'TIL the end studio'. Now imagine it polluted by mould stains caused by the accumulation of moisture. That's not something any of us would want for this amazing space, and that's why these creators started off strong by installing an air extraction system, part of which you can see above the shower.
One thing that helps a lot in controlling the amount of moisture in your home is insulation. It's essential to prevent the moisture from outside your home to enter, and it prevents the loss of heating indoors.
There are numerous insulation materials on the market today, and now it's not even necessary for it to stay within the walls. Insulation can be installed outside the home. This is a method used by RenoBuild Algarve, the contributor of this insulation design.
But that's not the only kind of insulation you can use for your home. You can use temporary caulk, use glass wool blankets in the attic floor, or even use saw you can not do works can now temporarily caulk your home with caulking strips, glass wool blankets in the attic floor, or even put one of those cute little draft-stoppers in the crack under your door.
Plants are beautiful–that is a fact. And just about everyone likes to have them in their home. They connect us to nature and have countless health and spiritual benefits. But when you have a moisture issue in your home, you might want to be more cautios of the plants you decide to decorate with. Some indoor plants release more water vapor into the air than others, and this could be counterproductive in your endeavor to lessen moisture.
But there's a handy trick around this, too! You can place your plant near a window or your source of ventilation so that the moisture is redirected outside the home. And when that plant eventually wilts, replace it with a more suitable plant that needs less watering, such as the Sansevieria you see in this image, or even Jade.
In order to be able to act on the excess moisture in time, it is best to control your home with some rigor. The safest method is to install moisture sensors around the house. They can be integrated with the air conditioning system, or even to the dehumidifier, and are activated when the moisture reaches critical levels.
But if your finances are down, you can purchase an old-fashioned hygrometer. They are cheaper and contribute either a unique industrial or vintage vibe to your home.
We all know dehumidifiers help control the humidity at home and that many people use them, but air conditioners are also great dehumidifiers. Nowadays, there are numerous types of air conditioners that include both heating and dehumidifying systems, too. And these could help you save on you electricity bill, too.
Natural solutions are the best and most effective when it comes to reducing the humidity in your home. These solutions are based on open windows, which not only control the humidity, but let in the sunlight and substantially improve the style of your home.
If you are just now building your home, be sure to invest in windows and layouts properly studied by the responsible architects. In the long run, it's much cheaper, as opening a window doesn't waste electricity as opposed to an air extractor.
If you've struggled with moisture problems before, then this piece on how to remove mould might come in handy.