While you can’t do anything to prevent swamp-like weather conditions, you can certainly take some steps to keep muggy air outside your home. Maintaining healthy humidity levels won’t just make your living space more comfortable, but it’s also necessary for maintaining healthy indoor air quality. What’s more, excess moisture can wreak havoc on your home and the things inside it.
You can learn more about the negative effects of high humidity levels, and how using a dehumidifier in your Martin County home can help keep indoor humidity balanced.
Preventing High Humidity Levels
On top of installing a dehumidifier in your home, you contractor may employ some of these solutions to help prevent excess humidity damage:
- Walls can start to rot if they’re exposed to too much moisture. The paint on your walls may also start to bubble. To remedy this problem, make sure to air seal your home, use vapor-retardant paints and add more wall insulation.
- Basement, crawlspaces and floors often provide the ideal breeding grounds for mold, which can then spread to other parts of your home. Moisture in such areas can also lead to rot. To stop moisture from coming up through the ground, trying using a polyethylene cover (or another type of vapor-resistant cover). Wood floors can be treated with a mildew-resistant paint. If you find mold growing on your carpets, they may have to be deep cleaned or replaced.
- Water pipes and toilet tanks can become moldy if condensation builds up around them. Your contractor can install waterproof insulation inside your toilet tanks and wrap pipes with insulation.
- Attics can also develop mold or rot. Improving ventilation or installing a vapor barrier can help solve this problem.
- Excess humidity can also damage your personal items. Your contractor may recommend using fans or just opening your closets to improve airflow. Silica gel packets are effective at absorbing moisture as well.
Do you need a qualified contractor to install a dehumidifier in your Martin County home? Please feel free to contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating for more information.