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Basement Air Quality Can Be Fixed

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 by Aaron Stull


Relative humidity, or the amount of moisture in the air compared to the amount the air can hold at a given temperature, plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. One of the primary benefits of keeping relative humidity levels low in a home is the reduction of mold, odor, and energy costs associated with heating and cooling the home.

 

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Mold is a common problem in homes, particularly in areas with high humidity levels. This is because mold thrives in warm, moist environments. When relative humidity levels are high, it can create the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Lowering relative humidity levels can reduce the risk of mold growth, which can cause health problems for some people. Long-term exposure to mold can cause respiratory issues, allergies, and other illnesses.

 

 

In addition to mold, high relative humidity levels can also lead to other indoor air quality issues such as musty odors. These odors are caused by the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms, which thrive in warm, moist environments. Lowering relative humidity levels can help to eliminate these odors and improve the overall air quality in the home.

 

 

Another benefit of keeping relative humidity levels low is that it can help to reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling the home. When the air is humid, it can feel warmer than it actually is. This can make it more difficult to cool the home, resulting in increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. By lowering relative humidity levels, the home will feel cooler, and the air conditioning system will not have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.

 

 

There are various ways to lower relative humidity levels in a home. One of the most effective methods is to use a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work by removing moisture from the air and are available in various sizes and styles to suit different homes. It is essential to choose the right size dehumidifier for your home, as a unit that is too small will not be able to keep up with the moisture in the air.

 

 

The Sedona Basement Air Machine is designed specifically for the basement space and the temperatures that exist in this area.  Most dehumidifiers are undersized and use a lot of energy, whereas the Sedona is energy star rated and has a 100 pint capacity…even in 50-60 degree temperature. For more information click here.

 

 

In addition to these methods, there are several other steps you can take to lower relative humidity levels in your home. These include using exhaust fans, sealing leaks and cracks, and ensuring that your home is properly insulated. It's essential to consult with a specialist to help you determine which methods are best for your home.

Overall, keeping relative humidity levels low in a home can provide significant benefits in terms of reducing mold, odor, and energy costs. By using dehumidifiers, air exchange systems, and proper ventilation, you can improve the indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home.

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Aaron Stull is a second generation foundation repair specialist from the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

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