Relative humidity is a percent of how much water vapor is in the air compared to how much water the air can hold at a certain temperature. Cold air cannot hold nearly as much water as warm air. When relative humidity hits 100% (the dew point temperature), the air is fully saturated and the water vapor condenses to liquid water. That's why the morning after a cool night we see dew covering our lawn. It's the liquid water that has condensed out of the air. Hot air can hold a tremendous amount of water vapor, which is why hot summer air can sometimes feel so thick and muggy.
Temperatures in basements, attics, and crawl spaces can spike to extremely high levels compared to the rest of the home, which increases the humidity levels in those enclosed areas. And all of that stagnant, sticky moisture in the air can trigger mold growth just as easily and just as quickly as visible liquid water.
The dark, humid environment also provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of pests, including cockroaches, termites, carpenter ants, rodents, wood-boring beetles, and some species of crickets. And if all of that isn't enough of a problem, homeowners may have another issue if ductwork is running through these hot, humid spaces. A common problem faced by homeowners is condensation or "duct sweat," which happens when water droplets form on the cool duct surface from the surrounding hot, humid air.
The only long-term way to deal with all of these related issues is by reducing the humidity levels throughout your entire home through a dehumidification system.
Venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside will help reduce moisture and humidity.
High humidity levels dramatically affect the comfort of your home and the proper functioning of your HVAC system. Also, high indoor humidity lays the groundwork for future mold and moisture damage down the road. Mold can turn into an expensive problem - on the same level as termite damage, If mold is allowed to grow, it can lead to severe damages to property values. In one study of toxic mold, the average discount for mold-affected property was a 59% decrease in home value! High humidity also enhances the growth of allergenic dust mites and health-compromising bacteria. It is no exaggeration to say that keeping down your indoor humidity has a major beneficial impact on your home's air quality and your family's health.
Needless to say, removing unwanted moisture from the air in your home is essential. Keeping down moisture is an important function of your air conditioning system. However, for many New Jersey homeowners, the AC is not enough to keep down humidity levels. New Jersey has exceptionally humid summers and all of those non-living spaces of your home where mold growth often starts do not receive any of that cool, conditioned air.
High-performance SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier and air filtration system.
Mold Solutions by Cowleys offers the highest quality, professional grade "Energy Star Rated" dehumidifiers available today. Based on the size of your home and your particular indoor environment, we will recommend the dehumidifier best designed to meet your needs. We install and service the SaniDry™ Sedona and the SaniDry™ XP dehumidifier and air filtration systems. These dehumidifiers work automatically with a built-in hygrometer and empty into your sump pump or other drainage system. There is no water pan to worry about overflowing. These machines are truly an investment in your home and your family's health as well as an "insurance policy" against mold and a host of other moisture-related problems.
Contact us today to schedule your free moisture control consultation and dehumidifier installation cost estimate. We provide complete mold treatment and prevention services in Toms River, Woodbridge, Cherry Hill and surrounding areas in New Jersey.
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