Symptoms of High Humidity
Humidity levels change throughout the year depending on the different weather seasons, meanwhile most people who live near the coastline experience high humidity levels all year round. It’s impossible to control the humidity levels outside of your home; However, you can control the humidity levels inside your home.
What are the signs that high humidity is present in your home?
- Visible condensation on windows and glass doors.
- Mold or mildew growth can be seen on the walls or ceiling.
- Mold or mildew growth on window tracks or sills.
- Mold growth around the sink or shower in the bathroom or inside the laundry room.
- Rotting wood inside the home.
- Musty odor on carpets and furniture or circulating throughout the indoor air.
- Water stains (Yellowish-brown in color) on the walls — This is usually an indicator of a leak in the wall or a rising damp.
- Clearwater stains on the basement floor — This is an indication of a groundwater runoff and drainage problem around the basement.
- Wood warps — High moisture that warps a wooden door and window frame to not fit properly when closing.
- Increased or recurrent skin infections or respiratory issues like asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
The kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and basement usually host higher humidity levels compared to the rest of the home. Most homeowners deal with the high humidity in the bedrooms and main rooms but find it difficult to fix the basement atmosphere. This is mainly because the atmosphere in the bedrooms and main rooms can be easily fixed by simply opening the windows and allowing fresh air to circulate. However, most basements are partially or completely underground and have limited ventilation, hence the difficulty to fix the present high humidity.
What causes high humidity inside your home?
- Changes in the weather or season.
- Inadequate ventilation.
- Lack of proper drainage of the rainwater around the home — If rainwater concentrates around the basement, it will seep into the basement walls and floor leading to dampness in the basement.
- Neglected AC maintenance.
- Poorly maintained pipes — Pipes with leaks will allow the water to leak into the walls and cause a lot of structural damage.
High humidity in your home will cause several structural damages that can cost a fortune to repair. What kind of damage will high humidity cause to your home?
- Wood warping — If moisture can settle and be absorbed, it can trigger mold growth.
- Wood rot, especially in the basement — If the high humidity problem goes unresolved for long enough, then a complete replacement of the structural wood will be needed which will cost you a fortune.
- Destruction of your home foundation’s structural integrity — This will greatly reduce the value of your home.
- Corrosion of electronic gadgets and appliances.
- Destruction of wallpapers, fabrics, carpets, and soft furnishing.
What should you do to fix the high humidity in your home?
- Clean every house vent to allow proper air circulation.
- Keep the windows open often — even during the winter season
- Install fans in the most humid rooms, like the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom, and then leave the fans on as often as possible.
- For a long-term and permanent solution — Invest in a BaseAire dehumidifier.
When choosing the best BaseAire dehumidifier that will specifically suit your needs, you should understand the level of humidity in your home — This can easily be done by using a hydrometer or by inspecting the condensation levels in your home.
Here’s a list of the different levels of humidity:
- Moderately damp (50 - 60%) — The home has a musty odor and feels damp during the most humid months (summer season)
- Very damp (60 – 70%) — The home remains damp and musty all year round.
- Wet (70 – 85%) — There are visible water stains on the walls and floor.
- Extremely wet (85 – 100%) — There is running/dripping water on the floor of the home/basement.
Once you understand the size of your home (in square feet) and the level of humidity in your home, you can then easily select and purchase the right BaseAire dehumidifier for your situation. We advise that you get a dehumidifier that has a higher capacity than what you would typically require.
The capacity of the dehumidifier refers to the amount of moisture the dehumidifier can extract from the home in a 24-hour cycle. If the level of humidity in the home is high, then you will need a dehumidifier with a higher capacity.
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Control the humidity levels anywhere inside your home with BaseAire products.
Whether you're located in the Atlantic coastline states, the central states, or the Pacific coastline states, humidity remains an important factor in our daily lives.
The humidity levels change throughout the year depending on different seasons changing. You will never see the increase in humidity, but you will feel it.
Most warm regions, especially along the coastline, are known to have high moisture and humidity levels.
High humidity is not only the biggest threat to the structural integrity of your home, but it can also affect your household belongings and physical health.
At BaseAire, we show our dedication to helping you control the humidity level in your home and commercial workplace by offering a variety of dehumidifiers, different in:
- Airflow capabilities
Our specifically designed dehumidifiers will:
- Decrease the humidity level to below 50%
- Eradicate mold, mildew, and dust mite infestation
- Cleanse the indoor air of any mold spores, odor, and other impurities
- Reduce allergy triggers
The effects of high humidity:
i. High humidity levels in your home will make it feel warmer and stuffier.
ii. Increased humidity will make your home the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and dust mite growth! Known as some of the most common allergy triggers, this can cause health issues.
iii. Skin allergies.
iv. Wood warping – since wood can absorb some of the excess moisture, this makes the wood warp, causing wooden floors to feel uneven as well as wooden doors and windows not closing properly.
v. Appliance failure – in your home, if the excess moisture can condense inside the appliances, this can cause fluid damage to said appliances.
vi. Wallpaper and paint will peel within a space with excess humidity.
vii. Wood rot – wet wood provides the perfect place for fungi growth which causes the wood to rot at an accelerated rate.
Repairing the appliances or replacing the rotting wood can be expensive for many homeowners, hence the importance of a BaseAire dehumidifier.
Common signs of high humidity in the house:
You can easily determine the humidity levels of your home using a hygrometer. But if you do not have access to one, here are some of the signs that show the presence of high humidity in your home:
- Constant reoccurring condensation on window planes and glass doors, especially in the morning.
- Water spots on the walls and ceiling.
- Black mold growth on the walls or ceiling.
In heavily moisturized spaces, like the basement, you will see condensed water on the walls or floor.
How does a dehumidifier work?
Dehumidifiers are electric appliances that extract excess humidity from the air.
We designed our dehumidifiers to pull the air from the house into the unit where it then passes over a series of coolant coils that condense the excess moisture. This removes odor, mold spores, and other impurities from the air. The unit then collects condensed water in a collection tray or pumped out of the unit depending on the model of BaseAire dehumidifier you buy.
The air is then warmed up and pumped out of the dehumidifier back into the room. This process repeats until the relative humidity level of the space lowers below the set level.
Why should you invest in a BaseAire dehumidifier today?
We have a wide variety of dehumidifiers designed for residential and commercial use. Our engineers have gone a step further, designing need-specific dehumidifiers for the basement, crawlspace, garage, office, and storage room. BaseAire dehumidifiers will lower the humidity levels in your home, making it impossible for harmful allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites to grow. So, if a customer needs a humidity issue in their home fixed, our dehumidifiers will exceed their expectations. Improve your indoor air quality today! Speak to us about your humidity issues and our water damage & restoration experts will help pick the right dehumidifier for you