Doing laundry can be one of the biggest contributors to air quality problems in your home, especially if the room is not well ventilated and becomes damp and humid when you wash and dry clothes. If you already live in a humid climate, it can make the humidity level of your home even higher.
The area with your washer and dryer has very specific air quality problems. Washing and drying your family’s clothes creates excessively high humidity levels. Proper ventilation is essential to remove airborne particles, residue from cleaning chemicals and excess moisture from your utility area. If poor ventilation and high humidity levels are left unchecked, your laundry room is vulnerable to serious problems.
Creating Fresher Indoor Air in Your Home
You can significantly improve the air quality in your utility and laundry areas by following a few simple guidelines:
- Clean your dryer’s lint filter after every load.
- Make sure your clothes dryer is properly vented to the outside and that vent lines are airtight.
- Check plumbing lines to your washing machine and fix any drips or leaks promptly.
- Monitor relative humidity in your laundry room using a hygrometer. Hardware stores carry these inexpensive home moisture monitors.
- If the humidity in this room (or in your basement if that’s where your washer and dryer are, or whatever area they’re in) reads above 50%, find a way to control the excess moisture, either with a dehumidifier (a high-maintenance and costly item) or an effective moisture absorber such as DampRid moisture absorber.
DampRid helps rid your home of excess dampness and helps keep humidity between 30-50%. DampRid is a moisture absorber that is simple, safe and effectively eliminates the excess moisture from the air in your laundry room.