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5 Benefits of Dehumidification | How to Control High Humidity

by vscontent on May 26, 2017

Benefits of Dehumidification - How to Control High HumidityWhen summer rolls around, the complaints about humidity increase. This is because the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. Also, the warmer the temperature of the water, the higher the rate of evaporation.

Too much moisture can damage your home and its possessions, never mind the havoc it can wreak on your respiratory system. It’s important to do everything you can to protect your health and your home from humidity changes. Luckily, you can do this easily by installing a whole-home humidification system.

Our advanced drying and dehumidification equipment will automatically detect the humidity level inside your home and make adjustments to ensure a happy and healthy home.

Signs You Have a Humidity Problem

High humidity creates ideal environments for mold, virus, and bacteria growth. It’s highly recommended that relative humidity be maintained between 30 and 50%. Anything higher than 60% RH and mold growth is pretty much guaranteed.

You can measure your home’s relative humidity with a hygrometer (about $50 at your local home improvement store), but if you don’t have one, you can tell if you have high humidity if:

  • Sticky and uncomfortable indoor climate
  • Musty and mildewy odors
  • Water stains on walls and ceilings
  • Moisture damage to art, books, furniture, etc.
  • Peeling wallpaper or paint
  • Mold growth in the home (check bathroom, pipes, windowsills, and HVAC equipment)
  • HVAC and other equipment are malfunctioning
  • Evidence of rust and corrosion
  • Heightened allergy symptoms
  • Condensation (when humid air contacts a cold surface)

Mold smell and visibility is the surest indicator of a moisture problem in the home. Take action immediately if you notice any mold in the home and speak with your local HVAC company about preventative solutions, such as dehumidifiers.

5 Benefits of Dehumidification

1. Prevent Mold and Mildew

Moist and damp conditions lead to mold and mildew. By taking away moisture from the air, you are robbing the necessary ingredient for molds to grow.

If your home lacks ventilation and you don’t have a whole-home humidification system, molds thrive.

Damp and moldy homes are very bad for your health. If you live in a humid home, you are more likely to develop breathing problems, infections, and allergies. The young, elderly, and those with respiratory problem such as asthma are particularly susceptible to damp conditions.

If you have allergies, molds are a huge allergy trigger. If you are experiencing wheezing, coughing, depression, a runny nose, or panic attacks, you may have a mold problem. If you suspect a mold problem, contact a professional right away and speak with your HVAC technician about dehumidification solutions.

2. Discourage Cockroaches, Dust Mites, and Other Pests

Dust mites are extremely tiny arthropods, animal relatives of the spider. They feed off of dust, which is partially composed of the flakes of dead skin. They thrive in warm and humid environments.

While it’s impossible to get rid of them altogether, you can inhibit their reproduction by maintaining healthy moisture levels. Take away their moisture and you’ll reduce the population.

Combine dehumidification with regular cleanings and other dust-proof measures to inhibit dust mites and other allergens in the home.

Many pests flourish in damp environments, including cockroaches and mice/rats. If you have a pest problem, consider drying your air to discourage them from entering the home in the first place.

3. Keep the Home Clean and Bacteria-Free

No amount of anti-bacterial cleaners will get rid of the bacteria that forms from a humid home. Dry air helps discourage the growth of viruses and bacteria. Bacteria love to form colonies on damp organic matter.

It is no secret that moisture in homes is connected with a host of respiratory problems and health issues. Never ignore excess moisture or leaks in the home. Even if the damage is slight, mold and bacterial growth can start in less than 48 hours. Damp homes are unhealthy homes.

4. Reduce Condensation

Condensation creates a lot of problems in the home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. If The condensation created when cooking, cleaning, and showering is the number one cause behind mold and mildew growth. A dehumidifier will instantly reduce the amount of condensation produced in the home.

If you don’t have a ventilation system in the bathroom and/or kitchen, make sure you open a window or door until all the steam dissipates. If you notice excess moisture or a leak, wipe the area dry and fix the problem immediately. Then, speak with your HVAC professional about dehumidification solutions.

5. Protect Home Possessions

We all know how important humidity is when it comes to your valuable art, books, furniture, and other household possessions. That’s why storage centers boast of their ideal temperature and humidity levels. We all want to protect our valuables.

Unfortunately, without a whole-home humidification system, your home goods are at risk. Protect your antiques, furniture, and other furnishings from the damage caused by air that is too humid and too dry. Get a whole-home humidification system that monitors and maintains ideal humidity levels in the home.

When there is dampness, there is also mold, bacteria, and a higher chance of pests, such as cockroaches, dust mites, and mice. Stop humidity problems in their tracks this summer by contacting Pacific Heating & Cooling for professional humidification and indoor air quality solutions.

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Improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency by contacting Pacific Heating & Cooling  for your professional humidifier installation. Call 253.292.3995 to speak with one of our Comfort Specialists.

From selecting the right equipment for your needs to teaching you the controls, we guarantee the best in indoor air comfort.

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