How can heating and air conditioning affect humidity? And how can humidity affect your home? You might be surprised to learn what humidity can really do. Keep reading to discover three ways it can damage your home.
#1: Mold and Mildew and All That Goes with Them
The number one thing you’ll find if the humidity levels in your home are too high is mold. Mold is more than just ugly; it can be highly damaging. Once mold takes hold, it’s hard to get rid of and needs professional attention to properly eradicate and prevent further growth. It can destroy organic materials such as wood as well as break down flooring, carpeting, upholstery, drywall, and any paper including documents and photographs. Controlling humidity levels is the best way to prevent mold in your home.
#2: Oh That Smell
You know that smell, the one that hits you as soon as you enter a house that’s got too much moisture in the air. It’s moldy, musty, and incredibly unpleasant. Some of it is from mold and mildew and some of it is from your belongings being exposed to the humidity and moisture. Getting rid of the smell can often be as easy as controlling humidity levels.
#3: Detriment to Your House and Your Stuff
High levels of humidity can cause damage to the floors, walls, and other components of the structure of your home. It can cause wood to warp, wallpaper and paint to peel, discoloration of your paint and furniture, and breakdown of the fabrics in your upholstery.
One of the best ways to control the humidity in your home is with a dehumidifier that is easily incorporated into your cooling system. To find out more about how your heating and air conditioning affect the humidity in your home, contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling today.