It's estimated that homeowners will spend an equivalent of 1% of the property's total value on maintenance and repairs every year. That may not seem like much, but for a small 6 figure mortgage that can equate to thousands a year.
Weather related repairs are one of the more common home maintenance tasks. Homeowners will protect their homes against flood waters and wind damage, but many don't know about the problems home humidity can cause.
The Trouble With High Home Humidity
Humidity can be an uncomfortable and unavoidable part of life depending on where you live. Most people view humidity as little more than a minor discomfort, but few are aware of the problems it can cause for homeowners.
Mold growth is one of the top reasons why high humidity can be a problem in homes.
Mold thrives in moist and warm environments. Homes with a high level of humidity are the perfect environment for most kinds of mold. They have moisture, exposure to light, and a close environment to reproduce in.
Molds can dramatically reduce indoor air quality and could make people that have allergies and asthma ill. Some molds can be dangerous for people without existing respiratory problems, and in rare cases could even be toxic.
High humidity can also cause water damage. In some severe cases, wood, ceramic tiles, and other home materials can become warped and damaged over time.
Major Signs To Look For
Now that you know the trouble high humidity can cause, you need to look for signs of it in your home. A humidity monitoring device can be helpful, but there are some telltale signs of high humidity.
Check to see if you have condensation forming on your windows throughout the day. A little outdoor condensation during the early morning or evening isn't unusual, but near constant condensation is.
Stale or musty smells on furniture and clothing can be a sign that home humidity is too high. It could also be a sign that there are already ample mold spores growing in your home.
Be sure to look for signs of warping wood or floors. Those can easily be mistaken as a byproduct of water or flood damage, and not gradual degradation because of humidity exposure.
How To Start Protecting Yourself And Your Property
High levels of home humidity can cause a variety of problems. But there are things homeowners can start doing today to protect their homes.
Be sure to have proper ventilation in areas where moisture is likely to accumulate. Kitchens and bathrooms can attract a lot of molds. Be sure to let rooms property ventilate after cooking and showering.
You also have the option of using a dehumidifier if you feel that the problem is severe enough. A dehumidifier can help absorb the moisture out of a room and even help make it feel more comfortable.
As you can see, humidity can be a hidden menace for homeowners. But with the right knowledge and tools, you can protect your property from the dangers of high humidity.
If you want to learn more about protecting your home against high humidity, look at our post about air conditioning. And if you have any other questions about what products can reduce humidity, contact us our team at Four Seasons Trading Company so we can help.