Here in Slidell, LA, many residents struggle with high humidity in their homes. While some moisture is good (35%-50%), you’ll begin experiencing issues if the humidity rises above 50%. To combat high indoor humidity, call us and ask about an AC dehumidifier installation today.
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Problems of High Indoor Humidity
People here in Slidell know how hot it can get during the summer months. And with high heat often comes high humidity. While some moisture in the air is fine, too much causes issues such as:
- Mold & Mildew
- Insect Infestation
- Damage to Furniture & Appliances
The first problem that high humidity brings is the buildup of mold and mildew. Mold grows in temperatures ranging from 40º F to 100º F, meaning your home is a breeding ground for mold when indoor temperatures climb.
Another problem with high humidity regarding mold is that mold feeds off organic material, which includes dust, food, grease, and wood- all of which exist in your home. Also, when the air in your home is saturated with moisture, it creates the perfect environment for mold to grow.
The second problem is insect infestation. When you have high humidity indoors, you run the risk of these pests finding their way and living in your home. The reason insects are attracted to high humidity is because some eat mold, which we saw above, grow in humid environments. Of course, other insects prefer humid climates, which is another good reason to bring down the humidity levels in your home.
Lastly, when there’s too much moisture in the air, it can cause damage to your furniture, appliances, and electronics. High humidity is known for causing drywall to disintegrate, peeling wall paint, and wet insulation.
If you suspect that you have a humidity problem, call us and ask about an AC dehumidifier installation today.
Benefits of an AC Dehumidifier
A home dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air, which alleviates many of the problems with too much moisture. If you’ve never considered adding a dehumidifier system to your home, here are some of the prime benefits.
- Aids in Allergy Relief: Many things that trigger allergies, such as dust mites, mold, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. So, when you have rooms with poor circulation and water, such as the bathroom or basement, they can be prone to harboring those things that cause allergies to worsen. Adding a dehumidifier to your home goes a long way towards reducing the symptoms that affect those who suffer from allergies.
- Reduces Pest Problems: As mentioned, high humidity is attractive to insects and other pests that you don’t want in your home. Since the last things you want crawling around your house are spiders and roaches, consider bringing down the humidity to acceptable levels to discourage these creatures.
- Reduce Chance of Damage: High humidity in the home can cause structural damage, damage to furniture, and damage to your electronics. If you notice that your wallpaper is peeling or your paint is bubbling, it means that your humidity levels are probably too high.
- Improves Comfort: Most people find homes with the proper humidity levels to be more comfortable all year round than when they’re too high or low.
You can get healthier indoor air by installing an air purifier. Call today for more information!
What Causes High Indoor Humidity?
When temperatures begin rising at the outset of summer, you’ll likely notice some changes in the house, which can include musty odors or that your windows constantly fog up. But what causes high humidity in the first place?
High humidity occurs when moisture gets trapped inside the house. There are three primary causes of moisture in the home:
- Everyday activities such as cooking or washing dishes can introduce moisture into the house.
- Moisture also gets in through leaks and cracks.
- Lastly, rising damp is a rare but more severe kind of humidity, and it occurs when moisture rises from the ground and gets into the pores of your bricks and masonry.