Fall marks the end of the flourishing summer season when plant enthusiasts spend almost every day tending to their garden. However, fall is no time for rest; it’s an important transitional period with an abundance of preparation needed for the upcoming winter.
One of the things that need to be taken care of is humidity. Fall is usually associated with poor humidity: it either drops too low or rises to the point of dampness. Here’s some advice you can use to take your relative indoor humidity under control this fall.
Dealing with excessive humidity
- If your indoor humidity becomes excessive in fall, just turn on your ceiling fans. They will increase air circulation in your room, evaporating excess moisture in the air. A neat and cost-free solution!
- If you have an AC at home, you can rely on it to dehumidify your living space. Although it can be a bit costly in summer, turning on the AC in fall and spring is a good option if you need to lower your indoor humidity. But be mindful that you shouldn’t place your potted plants right underneath an AC. Make sure they’re away from its direct area of reach.
- Your everyday routine largely contributes to your indoor humidity level. Regular cooking, steaming, boiling, and showering with hot water can increase humidity. That’s when exhaust fans come to rescue! Next time you take a hot bath or bake a batch of cookies, don’t forget to turn on your exhaust fan to minimize the amount of moisture in the air.
Dealing with dry air
- Some homes, on the contrary, suffer from overly dry air in fall. While most cacti won’t mind below average humidity, other plant species find it difficult to survive in these conditions. That’s why you need to consider using specially designed utilities:
- Steam humidifiers, for example, are great for homes with low humidity. They’re automatic, so you can turn one on and forget about it. Sounds cool, right? Each steam humidifier is equipped with a humidistat that indicates the level of moisture in the air. When it becomes insufficient, the device pumps steam to increase humidity.
- Evaporative humidifiers achieve the same result with an in-built filter that moisturizes air when it goes through it. However, you should regularly check evaporative humidifiers and clean the filter to prevent contaminated, dirty air from circulating all over the house.
Keep your plants healthy and safe by controlling relative indoor humidity in your house. Find out whether you need to increase or lower your humidity levels and then buy one of the devices mentioned in the article.