The weather in North Carolina can fluctuate throughout the year depending on the season. Normal temperatures can be expected to range anywhere from 30F to 96F. January is typically the coldest month with July being the hottest. The one constant throughout the year is the moisture level and the humidity that can be felt due to the state’s location. While there is a lot of lush green landscape and nature to be enjoyed throughout North Carolina, for some the humidity does become a little much. Not only do you feel the effects of humidity as a person you also have to watch out for what humidity means for your property and home.
North Carolina Humidity Tips
Concrete- While concrete definitely reacts to the weather that surrounds it, it is still one of the best options when building a home or deck here in the Tar Heel State. The one problem with concrete is that because concrete is porous it is not able to shed moisture or water and instead absorbs it. New Look Kool Deck, concrete coating experts suggest adding a concrete coating to exposed outdoor concrete. This will help to minimize the effects of humidity and help to combat the absorption of moisture and water.
Exhaust Fans- While it may sound extreme, installing exhaust fans in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen where heat and moisture tend to reach peak levels can help immensely. Using a dehumidifier is your next best option next to the fans.
Air Conditioning- Air conditioning units will not only cool the air they also help to pull the excess moisture out of the air. By running your AC unit you help to combat the air moisture levels, which in turn will help to keep added moisture levels at bay that can affect your home’s foundation, furniture, and wood. Ac filters should also be cleaned and changed regularly. Dirty air filters can help to trap humidity, adding to the problem.
Plants- Believe it or not, certain plants can help to keep humidity at bay because they pull the water and moisture out of the air, while also purifying it. Think Cacti, Aloe, Orchids…
Tile/Wood Floors- Carpet actually helps to trap moisture from the air, resulting in more humidity within your home. Opt for wood or tile floors in place of carpet.
While North Carolina may be a humid state with some months being worse than others, it’s still a beautiful place to both visit and reside. Knowing what measures you can take within and around your home to help prevent humidity and its negative effects on your home and your health can make all the difference. Especially if you are considering a move to North Carolina.