Protecting Your Air Quality from the Humidity
If you live in Central Virginia, you understand that high humidity is just the way of life in the summer. It’s not only a nuisance outside — it can present dangers in the home as well. Moisture is a homeowner’s worst nightmare as it can lead to mold and mildew growth and create structural damage as well. Most importantly, this moisture could be impacting your indoor air quality.
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the health and cleanliness of the air within your home. There are certain pollutants that should be kept out of the house to preserve the comfort and health of the residents. Moisture is especially important as it can fester within your home and pollutants can leach into your air.
Here are a few signs of excess moisture in the home:
- Water and moisture on cool surfaces such as windows
- An earthy odor
- Peeling paint
- Warped walls and floors
- Visible mold and mildew growth
While this moisture can affect your home, the most important thing is how it affects you. Your home should be a comfortable safe haven. Instead, moisture and humidity can cause your home to be a source of discomfort and even illness. The other biggest sign of poor indoor air quality is an increase in respiratory issues and allergies. If you have asthma or mold allergies, it’s of the utmost importance to rid your home of moisture right away.
How to Keep Humidity Out
- Ventilate the areas in your home that are most likely to accumulate moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and crawlspaces. Exhaust fans are a great way to vent moisture back outside.
- Use a dehumidifier to cleanse your air of moisture. Of course, you don’t want your air to become too dry. The ideal humidity level in your home is between 40 and 60 percent. Use your dehumidifier in conjunction with a humidity detector to monitor your levels.
- Check the exterior of your home for any leaks or cracks that may be allowing water to enter. Check and clean gutters and downspouts regularly. They should be clearing water away from your home, not towards it.
- Vent or seal your crawl space. Unsealed crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and mold growth. The moisture can attract even more indoor air pollutants such as wood rot, insects, and other critters. Around 60 percent of the air you breathe in your home circulates through the crawlspace, and picks up these hazards along the way.
Bradley Mechanical Can Banish Humidity from Your Home
If you live in Central Virginia — it’s important to test your air quality regularly. Bradley Mechanical’s certified technicians can come identify the issues and problem areas in your home that are contributing to poor indoor air quality.
We offer services that are important in high humidity areas including crawlspace sealing and other indoor air quality tune-ups. Call us today at 804-748-6728 to learn more.