Relative Humidity Temperature Dew Point

 

Understanding how these factors relate to your home environment is essential

 

Digital control. A WiseAire® basement dehumidifier and air-cleaning system carries a built-in humidistat that permits you to set a target humidity level for the appliance to reach.

Humidity is simply the amount of moisture that's present in the air. Whenever we mention "humidity," we usually are talking about "relative humidity" - the amount of moisture the air contains compared to the maximum amount the air can contain at a specific temperature.

 

Helpful humidity facts

* Whenever air temperature increases, the amount of moisture in the air increases as well.

* People often feel the most comfortable in the 45% RH range.

* Low RH (25% or less) increases static electricity at home. It also contains adverse health effects such as dry skin, dry eyes, bronchitis, and sinus problems. Indoor air that's considered "too dry" is more likely to happen during the wintertime, when the air is dried out by heating systems.

* High humidity (above 50%) encourages the growth of bacteria and mold, while attracting dust mites. Such organisms can cause health problems. Mold can destroy organic materials and eventually lead to rotting wood. High humidity is much more likely to be a problem in the summertime, however your air conditioning system dehumidifies the air when cooling it.

* High humidity issues are often detained to damp areas of the house, such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces.

* Moisture condenses out of the air when the air temperature dew point is met. Whenever you take a hot shower, water droplets on the bathroom window or mirror show moist, interior air has reached its dew point around these cool surfaces.

 

Humidification, dehumidification, or both?

In most homes, dehumidification is often more important than humidification. This is because our daily indoor functions, which include doing laundry, showering, cooking, watering plants, etc. tend to raise indoor humidity.

There's usually a problem with too much humidity, as it causes mold and mildew. Basements and crawl spaces are common areas where dehumidification occurs. Even when these spaces appear dry, soil moisture can continually penetrate through the foundation and floor slab if the outside ground is wet or damp. When moist air compresses on cooler surfaces in a basement or crawl space, wetness builds up and creates ideal living conditions for mold and dust mites.

Two ways to fight an exuberant amount of humidity problems are to air-seal crawl spaces as well as basements, and to run a specific kind of dehumidifier made to work well in such areas. In order to keep your basement, crawl space, and other areas of your home dry, learn more about dehumidification and its solutions by giving us a call.

 

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