How to reduce home humidity during rainy days?
Malaysia has tropical weather year-round, two type of weather which hot and rainy season. During rainy season, the humidity increases especially in the highland where it experiences cooler temperature than the lowland. Two types of monsoon will occur in Malaysia throughout the year, namely Southwest Monsoon from late May to September and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. The heaviest rainfall usually during the Northeast monsoon and it would especially affect the east coast of Malaysia and west of Sarawak. Southwest monsoon has a lesser effect on Malaysia since it carries less heavy rainfall. The Northeast monsoon usually would affect a few states on the east coast such as Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. During November till January would be the wettest month for Malaysia
By the end of the year, the east coast would be facing the wettest season where the humidity level would rise making the water vapour to be denser than usual. Even though it does lower the surrounding temperature making it colder. However, over time it will make the condition to be more stuffy and causes much more health problem such as respiratory-related illnesses. When the environment is humid it may cause many unwanted problems such as mould, mildew, condensation, staining, odour, etc.
Below are lists of the effect that caused by a high level of humidity at home:
1. Smell or bad odour
High humidity can cause a very distinct odour in your home. This odour comes from breeding of mould and mildew. If you are not sure whether there is a smell in your home try get out of the house and whenever you re-enter your home you can smell something funky rather than fresh air that you just smell.
2. Mildew or mould
If you notice any discolouration or dark spot around your house there is a high chance of presence of mould or mildew in the are. Mildew and mould breeding would thrive in high humidity environment
3. Damaged furniture or home structure
Too much humidity causes damaged wooden furniture or floors and peeling of paint in your household. If you notice any stains on your wall, there is a possibility of moisture from the humidity seep into your wall cause paint to peel. Wood material tends to rot in high humidity environment and even worse cause structural damaged if there is no action is taken.
If you notice any surfaces that collect water droplets especially in surfaces such as windows, mirrors, pipes or any other cooler surfaces. Make sure to check the moisture surround these surfaces to prevent spreading.
5. Health problems
High humidity may affect your bodies by allergies, asthma, sneezing, wheezing, headache, shortness of breath, chronic cough, etc. For kids below five years old, they are more susceptible to obtain health problem during rainy season due to change in weather which aggravated those who had already vulnerable and prone to get sick.
First of all, if you have a feeling that your home or the area you live are inclined to be humid, you might want to consider purchasing a hygrometer where it helps measure the moisture level in your home. If your humidity is higher than 45% might want to reduce the humidity level.
Below is the list of actions you can take to reduce humidity in your home.
1. Proper ventilation
Every area that susceptible to moisture such as kitchen and bathrooms are properly ventilated. Make sure the exhaust or ventilation fan is open when you working in the area and leave it on until you feel all moisture has released. If you have no exhaust fan just make sure to open your window to allow air to circulate into the room.
2. Fix all leaky and burst pipes
If you notice any wet spots, staining the wall, or moist surfaces, there is a big chance water accumulation occur. Accumulation of water may come from a leaky or burst pipes that you might not notice since most of the piping lines are behind the wall. This water accumulation would affect your home structure and humidity level. Make sure to fix the broken pipe and it will help reduce condensation occur.
3. Air conditioning system
If you have an air conditioner at home, it is not just for cooling the air and removing warm air. It can also help in removing moisture and humidity. Air conditioner help maintains humidity under control. Make sure regularly change your air conditioner filter and get it tuned up.
A dehumidifier is a device where it helps reduce the humidity level by collecting moisture trap in the air within the area that you place it. Acquiring a dehumidifier would be a big assistance in removing moisture in the air. A dehumidifier works better if there is no movement of air in the area by sealing all windows and doors.
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