Importance of Early Dehumidification for Home Maintenance
Building a new home used to be an ordeal. You had to worry about drafts, insulation, and weatherproofing. But with the advent of better construction techniques, those concerns are less important than they used to be. Now, with the increased efficiency of home building, the biggest challenge for homeowners is controlling humidity levels. Many homeowners don’t realize how important it is to keep your home's humidity under control. That’s right, excess moisture or too high of humidity levels is now an even bigger problem because the high efficiency of the home actually creates more condensation points, which means more moisture.
If you're like most people, you probably don't think about dehumidifying your home until it's too late. High levels of humidity can create mold growth, leading to all sorts of health problems and structural problems and it can also make your home uncomfortable to live in. Many people don’t realize that high humidity is one of the main causes of mold growth. Mold growth is a serious issue in homes. So if you want to keep your home and the air in it healthy and free from mold, with optimum comfort, you must keep it within the correct range of humidity.
Mold Growth: Mold loves damp, humid conditions. If your home has high humidity levels, mold will start to grow and proliferate. Not only is mold unsightly, but it can also be dangerous to your health. Some types of mold release toxins that can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and other health issues.
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Structural Damage: High humidity levels can cause wood rot and metal corrosion. If left unchecked, these problems will only get worse and eventually lead to costly repairs. This occurs most often in the crawl space.
Uncomfortable Living Conditions: Excess moisture in the air will make your home feel stuffy and muggy. This can be especially problematic in the summer months when the temperature is already hot. If you're struggling to keep your home cool and comfortable due to high humidity levels, it's time to take action.
The ideal humidity range to stay in is the 50-percentile range in the Summer and 30-40’s in the winter. Yes, purchasing a dehumidifier will help but it is just a band aid for different sections of your home. You really need to control the entire home’s levels for clean air. Mold only needs a 65-percentile humidity range for sustained growth. Your air conditioning system plays a key role in humidity levels, as high humidity levels are mainly a problem in the warmer months. The only way to control the entire house is to equip your HVAC system/air conditioner with a Whole-Home-Dehumidifier. By adding a Whole-Home-Dehumidifier, you can remove excess moisture from the air and enjoy all the benefits that come with it. When it comes to keeping homes comfortable no one else does it better than SS&B Heating & Cooling. Give us a call if you have any concerns that high humidity levels are a problem in your home.