Reducing sources of moisture can reduce your need for dehumidification.
- Improving the drainage around the foundation of your home may result in decreased humidity in your basement. Some ways to improve drainage are:
- Extend downspouts from your gutters away from the foundation of your home
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear and open
- Ensure that the soil slopes away from your foundation, to avoid pooling of water around your home
- Avoid over-watering of foundation plantings
- Ensure that clothes dryers are properly vented to the outdoors. If you do not use a clothes dryer, dry your clothes outdoors as opposed to hanging them inside for drying.
- Use vent fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove humidity at the source.
- Repair leaking outdoor faucets. Not only will this help reduce humidity, but it will also save you money on your water bills!
- If your home uses central air conditioning, consider installing an A/C vent in the humid space in your home and take advantage of the dehumidifying capabilities of your A/C system. This will also help with air circulation, improving airflow between humid parts of your home and drier parts.