A quick look at any weather map of the U.S. Northeast during the summer months may show more moderate temperatures than other regions, but those are always accompanied by high humidity. New England is unique for its wide range of weather patterns. Vermont itself gets a steady mix of heat, frosts, snow, wind and rain all year long. But one thing you can always count on is a high humidity index throughout the state come summertime. While it accounts for the lushness of the surrounding landscape – they don’t call them the green mountains for nothing – humidity can also be extremely uncomfortable.
According to Apartment Therapy, a home design blog, the ideal in-home humidity levels should be about 45 percent. Under 30 percent is too dry, while over 50 percent enters discomfort territory.
Looking for energy-efficient tips to cut down on your home’s humidity? While bioheat provides an eco-friendly option to Vermonters through the winter, it can be hard to come by good green tips for staying cool and dry indoors during the summer. Consider these three to start.
1. Tune up the AC
Even as an eco-friendly individual, you shouldn’t consider the air conditioner your enemy. The fact of the matter is, efficient and modern air conditioners have a minimal impact on the environment. But even high efficiency models that net you tax rebates need the occasional tune-up to stay in operating condition. Having a specialist look over your machine and evaluate its refrigerant levels, air filters, evaporator coil, motors and condenser is a smart idea. While you’re at it, consider having an energy audit done at your home. This can help you keep the moist hot air out and preserve your cool, dry interior at a fraction of the energy cost.
2. Reduce sources of moisture
Believe it or not, it may not just be the Vermont summer air that’s packed with moisture. According to Energy Star, reducing moisture within and around the home can also help. This may involve improving drainage around your home’s foundation, repairing leaking faucets and ensuring that your clothes dryer is properly vented to the outdoors. Of course, Energy Star reported, homeowners who dry clothes on indoor racks may want to switch those to an exterior clothesline.
3. Summertime lifestyle changes
There are some other simple activities you can avoid during the summer to reduce home humidity, according to DIY Life. The first is taking colder showers. Steam adds humidity to the air and can make bathrooms muggy. The next tip is to avoid using the stove-top or oven each night.