Can Humidity Cause Property Damage?
Maintaining proper humidity levels is one of the most important steps in protecting a home and its contents. Mold growth can lead to costly remediation projects that may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies. Excess moisture in the home can cause damage to wood floors, furniture, artwork, electronics, and the overall structure of the home. It can also provide a breeding ground for cockroaches, termites, and other damaging pests.
Moisture in the home comes from many sources: people, pets, plants, cooking, washing, ground water, and outdoor air infiltration. Dehumidifiers are vital for humidity control, especially in areas where humidity can rise above 50%. Ultra-Aire Whole House Ventilating Dehumidifiers are installed as part of a home’s HVACDTM system and will properly maintain humidity levels throughout the house year round, regardless of outdoor weather conditions or internal moisture loads.
Did You Know?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, to protect your home, the ideal relative humidity range is between 35% – 50%.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, mold caused by water from excessive humidity, leaks, condensation, or flooding is considered maintenance for the property owner, like termite or mildew prevention, and is not covered by homeowner policies.
High moisture encourages wood decay and provides a breeding ground for hazardous pests to penetrate and establish colonies, which can lead to infestation that impacts your home’s foundation.
High humidity can damage your home’s structure and its contents.
IAQ + You
Interested in learning more about the science behind indoor air quality? Visit the Ultra-Aire IAQ page for a detailed explanation on how temperature, dew point, and relative humidity all impact the health of your home. Also see how dehumidification and ventilation work together to promote a safe living environment for you and your family.