Humidity is a problem, particularly in the warmer summer months. Humidity leads to too much moisture in the air and can cause mold, mildew and a musty odor in your home. It is possible to buy a dehumidifier for your house, but there are natural ways to dehumidify your home that can be more cost efficient and, in some cases, more effective.
Check for leaking pipes, particularly in the basement of your home. Verify there are no gaps or cracks in any of the pipes, as this can cause leaking of water into the basement and lead to moisture and humidity problems. Repair any leaks in the pipes, if necessary.
Turn on the air conditioner in the warmer summer months and the heater in the cooler winter months. This will help remove the moisture through ventilation. Turn on the bathroom fan when you are taking a shower to help suck up some of the moisture.
Inspect the gutters on the outside of your house. Verify the downspouts are pointing away from the house and attach a downspout extension at the end so the water flows farther away from the house. This will prevent the water from sitting along the outside of the house and leaking in through the foundation.
Store everything in your closets away from the exterior of the house to allow air circulation. Leave closet doors open during very cold weather so they can get proper ventilation. Position all furniture in the house away from outside walls to allow for circulation.
Position the dryer vent so it is venting outdoors. Do not vent the dryer into the house or it could cause severe problems, such as mold growth.