Dehumidification For Crawlspaces
Studies have shown that as much as 50% of the air in your home comes up from your basement or crawlspace. This air is often higher in relative humidity, and carries with it various allergens and musty odors. When conditions linger above 60% relative humidity for extended periods of time, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth is stimulated.
The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity level in the 30% – 50% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a premium dehumidifier. Protecting your family, and your biggest investment, is worth the best.
Damp, Musty Odors? - Mold and mildew cause this damp, musty smell. If you eliminate mold, you will eliminate musty odor, because molds are musty smelling fungi that thrive in moist conditions. Keeping humidity down reduces the chance for mold to grow. In general, mold will not grow at less than 50% relative humidity! Dehumidification is the key. Of course, any groundwater, plumbing or other leaks should be fixed as part of a strategy to eliminate mold.
Allergens in the Home
You can create an Allergy Proof Home through dehumidification. The number one home allergen is the fecal matter of dust mites. Dust mites don’t drink water, but absorb it out of the air through their skin. In order to live, dust mites need relative humidity over 50%. Dehumidifying your living space, reducing the relative humidity below 50%, will cause dust mites to die off.