Can Excess Moisture in My Home Cause Humidity Damage?

Excess moisture in the home can support the growth of mold, buckle wood floors, damage furniture, artwork, electronics, and threaten the overall structure of the home. It can provide a breeding ground for cockroaches, termites, and other damaging pests.

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.

How Dehumidifiers Provide Property Protection

Maintaining proper humidity levels is an important step in protecting a home and its contents. Mold growth can lead to costly remediation projects that may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies. High humidity in the home can damage wood floors, furniture, artwork, electronics, and even the overall structure of the home. Excess moisture provides a welcoming breeding environment for cockroaches, termites, and other damaging pests. High humidity regions in the United States are particularly susceptible to problems brought on by too much airborne moisture.

Unwanted moisture inside the home comes from many sources: people, pets, plants, cooking, washing, ground water, and outside air. Dehumidifiers are vital for humidity control, especially in areas of the home where relative humidity can rise above 50 percent, such as basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and attics, and work in ways your air conditioning cannot.

Ultra-Aire Whole House Ventilating Dehumidifiers, when installed as part of a home’s HVACD (the “D” stands for “dehumidification”) system, will maintain safe humidity levels throughout the house, year-round.

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The Insurance Information Institute notes that mold caused from excessive humidity or condensation is considered maintenance for the property owner, like pest protection, and may not be covered by homeowner property polices.

Some insurance companies recommend whole house dehumidification systems to conquer home humidity problems.

Internal relative humidity between 30% and 50% will prevent mold growth and keep property damage to a minimum.

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.

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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.

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