Below you will find a list of ways to reduce humidity in your bathroom. We expect our bathrooms to be a humid and moist environment, especially during the colder, winter months, when many of us enjoy warmer showers. Those warm showers cause a lot of extra humidity and moisture. When the hot air is met with cold surfaces, condensation takes over. You’ll see water droplets accumulate on mirrors, glass doors, tile, and even the toilet bowl. Although this comes at no surprise to us, it can be a bit of a nuisance when it causes other issues.
It’s completely normal for surfaces to become “foggy” under these conditions but issues arise when those droplets make themselves at home on porous surfaces. Porous surfaces have open pockets/holes of air. Whether these openings are micro or large, they are breeding grounds for mold and mildew if they’re not properly aired out. Settled water is not kind to wood, paint or drywall either and can lead to structural damages. To help prevent this from happening and reduce humidity in your bathroom in general, we’ve put together a list of tips!
6 Helpful Tips to Reduce Humidity in Your Bathroom:
1) Properly Vent Your Bathroom
It’s imperative your bathroom have an exhaust fan. This type of fan is meant to pull the humid air out of your bathroom. This type of fan is standard for bathrooms and most building codes require it. We recommend you leave this fan on after showering too, this way it will help remove any lingering moisture.
2) Warm Up Your Bathroom
As mentioned above, condensation builds up when warm air and cold surfaces come in contact with each other. Heating up your bathroom, prior to using it, will prevent droplets from forming. This can be achieved in several ways, which include safely using a small space heater, installing heater floors, and using demystifying mirrors.
3) Utilize a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are exactly what their name implies. Humidity will be reduced greatly if you opt to use one in your bathroom. If you intend to purchase one, make sure it’s compatible with the size of your bathroom.
4) Open Your Bathroom Window
If your bathroom has a window, you should use it. This will allow air to flow in and out, and disrupt the dampness in the air. For best results, open it while showering and leave it open when you’re done.
5) Open Your Bathroom Doors
You can leave the door to your bathroom open while you shower, if you’re comfortable doing so. If not, definitely leave it open after you’ve finished showering. The last thing you want to do is trap all that moisture and heat inside with no where to flow. You should also leave your shower door or curtain open after showering too. This helps release the humidity contained within the shower.
6) Decorate with House Plants that Absorb Humidity
House plants thrive in humid conditions and help absorb a bit of moisture too. Check out our list of other bathroom plants that are great for bathroom environments. Although plants won’t offer the most help, they do make for useful bathroom décor.
Other Ways to Reduce Humidity in Your Bathroom
Mold and mildew are known to cause serious health issues. Protect your home and yourself with preventive care. These quick solutions help alleviate the problem but this doesn’t have to be an ongoing issue that you simply just adjust to. Bathroom maintenance should be effortless, not full of tedious workarounds.
If you don’t want to hassle with implementing any of the aforementioned tips, get in touch with us to see how we can help you rework your space. We can also be of service if your bathroom is already experiencing the side effects of too much moisture and needs a complete overhaul. American Home Remodeling has helped transform bathrooms all over Southern California, many of which were experiencing excessively humid conditions. Our team will gladly work with you to improve your home too.
Jace Darling, Owner, American Home Remodeling