How can you remove moisture from a room? What are the tips that really work?
1. Open the Windows Every Day for Ten Minutes
The first thing to do in a house to prevent or solve moisture problems is to ensure that it’s well ventilated. Closing all the openings to the outside to prevent heat loss isn’t a good solution. On the contrary: a house needs to breathe in order to renew the ambient air and regulate the humidity.
Because the outside air is drier than the air inside a house, opening the windows for ten minutes each day can help prevent major moisture problems and the formation of fungus.
In bathrooms and kitchens, this operation must be carried out after each shower or meal preparation.
2. Install a CMV
If you add a simple continuous mandatory ventilation, commonly referred to as a CMV, you continuously introduce fresh air from outside into the main rooms. This passes through the humid rooms and is then sucked back outside. The simplest CMVs offer a constant flow, but there are more elaborate models that adapt their airflow based on the variations in the humidity level of the house.
Whichever model you choose, a CMV must be regularly maintained to maintain its effectiveness. To do this, just dismantle the air vents and vacuum the dust, then clean them with hot water and degreaser about once every three months.
3. Put a Dehumidifier in The Most Humid Rooms
There are chemical and electronic moisture absorbers on the market that can capture two litres of water per week on average.
But a homemade dehumidifier is just as effective, while being economical and eco-friendly. You just need a plastic bottle, a bit of clay, some kitty litter, some coarse salt or charcoal, a compress, and an elastic band to make one. Making the dehumidifier is very simple. First, cut the bottle, then put the clay, the litter, and the salt or charcoal in the lower part. Then, cover it with the upper part placed upside-down. You should have previously replaced the cap of this part with a compress held in place by the elastic band. This ready-to-use homemade dehumidifier helps capture the excess moisture in the room.
4. Adjust Your Interior Decorating To Your Needs
Arranging your interior wisely also helps reduce the formation of moisture. For example, you should:
- Leave a small space between the furniture and the wall. This little trick prevents the air from stagnating behind the walls and mold from appearing
- Limit the presence of green plants, which generate moisture
- Dry laundry only in rooms with water, and never in living rooms
- Place natural moisture sensors, such as Himalayan salt stones or small pieces of scented arabic gum arabic, in the cupboards and closets to regulate the humidity level of a room.
Having a damp home can be a real pain, but it’s generally possible to eliminate moisture problems by aerating, cleaning your CMV, and placing dehumidifiers in the most humid rooms. If the phenomenon persists, it’s likely that the house has other problems that require doing work. This is the case when it shows capillary rise or an infiltration of water coming from an exterior wall, the roof, or a water pipe.