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Managing Winter Humidity in Your Bathroom
Humidity — it’s not a word you hear in the winter too often. But if you’re someone who enjoys long, hot showers, your bathroom can get very humid. And while it may be nice to walk out of the shower into a warm bathroom, humidity is anything but good for your walls, caulk, and plumbing.
Managing Bathroom Humidity
Take warm (not hot) showers.
Hot showers are a beautiful thing, especially in the winter. But did you know that they’re actually pretty bad for your home’s health (not to mention, your own)? The hotter your water is, the more steam your shower is going to produce. Plus, the less hot water you use, the lower your energy bill will be at the end of the month.
Use the ceiling fan.
If you can’t quite give up your hot showers, you can always improve on the way you get rid of the steam they produce. Whenever you take a shower, always turn the fan on. If your bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, open up the windows just a bit.
Run a mini dehumidifier in the bathroom.
This is another great idea for larger bathrooms that don’t have an exhaust fan. A mini dehumidifier is a great choice because it’s small, compact, safe, and can be used only when you take a shower, meaning it won’t contribute too much to your electric bill.
Wipe your walls.
Whether your walls are painted, stained, or wallpapered, a great way to cut down on the amount of water they absorb is to wipe them down after each shower. This prevents little droplets of water from soaking into your wall and damaging it.
Hang clothes outside.
Hanging wet clothes in your bathroom may seem like a good idea at the time, but it also contributes to the high levels of humidity in the room. Even though your calendar may say it’s winter, the San Francisco sun can easily dry your clothes if they’re hung outside.
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