5 Tips for Helping Your Carpets Dry Faster
The three critical factors when it comes to drying anything are: temperature, air flow, and humidity. Think about your clothes dryer – it applies heat, it rotates, which moves the hot air through the clothes, and it vents humid air away to create dry clothes quickly. Unfortunately your carpets can’t go in a dryer, but there are some easy steps you can take to help the drying process:
- Turn up the Heat (or turn down the cool!) – if you have air conditioning and like to keep your house at a chilly temperature, this may increase drying times. Setting your thermostat a little higher and allowing the temperature to rise a few degrees more than normal can help to speed it up .
- Open windows – air flow can help to improve drying times and opening windows can help, unless it is very humid outside.
- Use floor fans – running floor fans in areas with damp carpet will help to move the humid air created by evaporation out of the space, and dry the carpet more quickly.
- Run the furnace fan – even if you don’t have air conditioning, you can improve the circulation of air in your home by turning on your furnace’s summer fan – basically just the fan on the furnace will be on (not the heat), which will circulate air more quickly and encourage drying.
- Open interior doors – sealing up a room or area with damp carpet is a sure way to extend drying time – by opening up your room doors, you will allow moist air to escape and encourage air circulation in your home