How Moisture in the Air Diminishes the Indoor Air Quality

A little bit of moisture in the air can be a good thing. Homes that are too dry make the air feel stale and can cause skin irritation, dry throats and noses, peeling paint, and illness. But a home that has too much moisture can be even more detrimental to the indoor air quality.

For one, too much humidity in the air can make the home feel stuffy and warm. Moisture keeps your skin from evaporating sweat, which is why on a humid day the weather outside can seem so much hotter than it actually is.

However, the bigger threat to you and your home is mold growth. Mold thrives in areas with a lot of moisture, so it may be growing anywhere in your home where humidity levels are not quite right. Mold slowly destroys whatever it lives on, resulting in structural damage to the home. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, you may need to renovate large portions of your construction. What’s worse, however, is that mold spores in the air can aggravate allergies and asthma, cause illness or irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, or attack those with compromised immune systems.

Generally, the solution is a whole-home dehumidifier. Whole-home dehumidifiers work with your HVAC system to control moisture levels and inhibit mold growth in all of the areas of your home you occupy, not just a single room. It supplies an additional means for moisture in the air to collect as condensation and drain so that it doesn’t recirculate through the ducts.

How do you know if there is too much moisture in the air in your home? Well, look for signs of moisture buildup, like wet spots on the walls or ceiling. A big giveaway is if your home tends to feel clammy and moist. And if your allergies continuously act up, don’t pass it off as something normal—we cannot stress enough how serious a problem mold growth truly is.

If you’re still unsure of whether a dehumidifier is right for you, contact Ardon Maintenance. Our highly trained technicians are experts on indoor air quality in Riverside.

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