Indoor Humidity

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Indoor Humidity and Health Concerns

Those who live in many Southern states, such as Florida, understand that high temperatures do not cause nearly as many health concerns as humidity, especially indoor humidity. There are a number of specific problems associated with high humidity in homes. The most obvious one is the discomfort caused by excessive perspiration.

Indoor moisture, however, also creates environments favorable to mold and mildew infestations and supports the growth in dust mites which can cause allergic reactions. Not only does excessive moisture lead to health concerns, it can also be very costly to the home or business owner. Humidity can cause structural rotting, especially in wood-frame homes.

Causes of High Indoor Humidity

In warmer, sub-tropical climates like Florida's, moisture can enter homes in many ways, including through openings around doors and windows. It can also get in as a leak in a roof or foundation. Indoor moisture can also come from such daily routines as taking a shower, washing and drying clothes, humidifiers, and even from washing dishes. Newer homes contain wood that is not kiln dried so that it can bring in moisture problems right from the time the home is built.

The longer a moisture problem persists, the greater the chance that it will lead to health issues or structural rotting. By providing the right environment for dormant mold spores, heat and moisture support the growth of mold. There are several ways to minimize the problem of mold. Buying a dehumidifier is one way. Checking hidden areas for moldy odors or other signs of mold growth is another. Finally, a mold inspection may be the only way to insure that there is no mold infestation in your home or business. Pay attention to unexplained physical symptoms resembling allergies, and take the necessary steps to eliminate excess humidity and mold in your environment.

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