Feeling Muggy Indoors

Q: My house feels uncomfortably humid. Would a stand-alone dehumidifier be a good way to fix this problem?

A: A stand-alone dehumidifier may solve the problem temporarily, but figuring out the source of the problem will lead to a long-term solution and save you the hassle of emptying a drain pan.

First, focus on low- and no-cost efforts to control indoor humidity. The following list is long, but don’t worry, these are things you can do or check by yourself.

You don’t need to give up your aquarium or gas cooktop to improve humidity, but it is important to be aware of sources and take control of the situation.

If your home is still muggy, don’t run to the store for a dehumidifier yet. Have you ever worried about the water dripping from your air conditioner’s drain line on a hot summer day? That water is a sign that your air conditioner is doing its job of removing humidity from your home. If no water is dripping from the drain line, it may mean that the line is blocked due to grass clippings, soil or mulch, which can cause humid air to be recycled back into the house. That’s not the kind of recycling we want.