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5 Home Care Tips for Philadelphia’s High Humidity

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The humidity in Philly is hitting hard for the summer. You may be used to it, but in case you’re new around these parts there are some things you should know if you want to keep your house in great shape. Below, we've listed five things you can do to avoid the detrimental effects of high humidity.

 

Make Sure Wood is Sealed and Regularly Cleaned5 Home Care Tips for Philadelphia’s High Humidity

 

High humidity can result in condensation collecting on various surfaces in your home, including wood. Most homeowners have wood trim, furniture, and even flooring, and if these aren't protected they can become warped due to the extra moisture. Make sure that your furniture and trim are fully sealed or painted for their protection.

 

Furthermore, be extra vigilant in cleaning, and try to wipe down surfaces even if they don't look dirty. Once you've cleaned them, do make sure you dry off the surfaces thoroughly to get rid of any lingering moisture. Don't forget to seal the ends of the boards, fill in any cracks or seams, and make sure screws aren't siphoning moisture into the boards. If you do find rot, do your best to get rid of it as quickly as possible before it spreads and makes the problem far worse than before.

 

Beware of Bugs

 

Insects often thrive in high humidity, so you'll have to go the extra mile to prevent and eradicate them. Dust mites thrive in high humidity. Besides just being gross, this is also super bad news for people with allergies or asthma. Thankfully, using dehumidifiers to keep your home's relative humidity below 50% can drastically help in eradicating these nasty mites.

 

Protect Your Books and Electronics

 

Moisture has adverse affects on many items, but some are more susceptible to damage than others. Books are quick to become mildewed, and this can harbor spores and make your home smell musty, in addition to ruining the books themselves. Electronics are also susceptible to damage from excess moisture. Condensation on electrical circuits can cause corrosion, rust, short circuiting, and premature deterioration. Strategically placing dehumidifiers can help you avoid such damage, and it's also wise to avoid sharp temperature fluctuations which encourage condensation.

 

Use A Dry Cleaning Method on Your Carpets

 

If your carpets have picked up dirt and grime that a vacuum cleaner can't deal with, then picking up a personal carpet steam cleaner may seem like a great idea. But steam cleaning your carpet involves getting it wet, and in high humidity areas this can be a problem. If the humidity keeps your carpet from drying out quickly, it becomes a prime breeding ground for mold. Using a dry cleaning method on your carpets instead is a much smarter option, and can help you avoid a lot of hassle.

 

Install a Dehumidifier on Your HVAC

 

During the summertime, high humidity levels can make you feel even warmer than you'd expect. They make your air conditioning work harder, and make it more difficult for you to enjoy your home's temperature without paying a premium. Getting a larger AC unit may seem tempting, but it can actually make the humidity issue worse. Because larger units cool your home in less time, they also have less time to remove the excess humidity from your air. Instead of getting an entirely new AC unit, consider installing a dehumidifier on your HVAC. It can help combat discomfort stemming from a muggy climate, and will keep your AC unit from having to bear such a huge load.

 

Conclusion

 

While there are plenty of other things you'll have to do to keep your home in great shape, these are some of the primary things you'll want to keep in mind when dealing with the specific issue of high humidity and how it affects your house.

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

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