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DESIGNING YOUR HOME TO MATCH YOUR CLIMATE: WORKING WITH HIGH HUMIDITY

Updated: Feb 21, 2020


High humidity is a fact of life during the summertime. And as a Queenslander, I know all too well the impact of the humidity on my overall mood and health. But do you know the impacts of high humidity on the interior of your home?


Impacts of High-Humidity

Warped wood causing damage to floors and furniture.Growth of mold, mildew and rust.Heightened allergy symptoms.




Quick fix

As a mother and designer, I am a big advocate for using natural and long-term remedies to fix issues in the home. But as a Queenslander that has dealt with humidity as high as 75%, I recognise that at times you need to implement a quick fix before you start looking at the bigger picture. Below are some easy to implement solutions that can get you started on reducing your indoor humidity:

Run the air conditioner and fan together.Open the doors and windows during the morning and night and circulate the room with fans.Pack away absorbent materials – such as rugs, carpets and pillows – during the summer months.Turn off lights and other heat-generating appliances when not in use.Reduce the amount of water in the home by covering pots, taking shorter showers and drying clothes outside.


Longer-Term

Once you have incorporated some of the quick fixes, my biggest tip to reducing humidity is investing in a few specific indoor plants. These plants, when used in conjunction with other humidity solutions, can help absorb unwanted stickiness and mold.

Note: A few plants will not completely reduce the humidity in your home, but they can help with a persistent problem. These are also suitable replacements for other indoor plants you might be keeping, as most plants release more moisture into the air and contribute to a high humidity.


Below are the plants that I recommend:


1. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies reduce humidity levels in the home by absorbing moisture from the air through their leaves. The Peace Lily thrives in high humidity and warm climates and can survive with only one watering per week. What’s more, is the Peace Lily is very tolerant of low light conditions and can even clean the indoor air of contaminants like benzene and formaldehyde.

Tip: It is important to note that although Peace Lilies are not true members of the Lily family, they are still mildly toxic to people and animals when consumed. This plant is best kept out of reach of children and animals for safety’s sake.


2. Reed Palm

Reed Palms are beautiful, compact and easy to care for Bamboo Palms. These Palms thrive in the more tropical, humid areas of the world and also absorb moisture through their leaves. In comparison to other palms, Reed Palms can survive in lower light conditions, making them ideal for a home environment.

Tip: Keep this plant’s soil relatively moist to help it thrive. Also, like the Peace Lily, a Reed Palm will help purify your indoor air.


3. English Ivy

English Ivy is a species of ivy that can remove the type of airborne mold that is typically found in humid indoor areas. An advantage of English Ivy is that it can be planted in a high hanging pot and hung from the ceiling – absorbing humidity that rises and staying out of the reach of kids and pets.

Tip: Houseplant care for this plant is simple, since it doesn’t need much sunlight. Simply keep the plant’s soil moist, and although it will grow slowly to start with, it should thrive.


4. Boston Fern

Boston Fern’s, a type of evergreen fern, are again another indoor plant that thrives in moist climates. Not only does this plant absorb moisture from the air, but it also balances out various humidity levels to make it more comfortable in your home. Indirect sunlight and moist soil are all a Boston fern needs to survive in your home.

Tip: Be wary; if your air dries out quite a bit in the colder, winter months, you might need to mist it to keep the plant from perishing.


5. Tillandsia

Tillandsia, commonly referred to as Ball Moss, are a type of air plant that can live off of the moisture and nutrients in the air by absorbing them through their leaves. These plants can also thrive without root systems and without a lot of direct sunlight, which makes it easy for them to live indoors.

Tip: Tillandsia are best indoors in front of a bright window, to receive a lot of filtered sunlight, and watering should be done at least two to three times a week. In the event that you’re under watering the plant, the leaves will become increasingly more concave than they are naturally.

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