Many of us have associated the word moisture with mold and mildew and structural failure when it comes to excess moisture within a home. The truth is there is a place for moisture when it comes to our everyday home environment. The key term, like with so many other things in life, is “in moderation”. Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night with dry mouth, dry lips or dry eyes? The furnace within our homes, during winter, not only warms the air passing through it, it also dries it out to some degree, leaving the humidity in our homes less than what is desired. This can be corrected by ensuring the heating system is properly designed, distributed properly throughout the home, and in some cases with an in-line humidifier added to achieve optimal comfort.
Moisture is also important in the summer time, as it relates to the humidity in our homes. By having the proper moisture level in the air, it makes the inside temperature seem more comfortable. In the summer this isn’t usually a big problem, but in some instances if the humidity levels are too low, the home may seem warmer, even when the thermostat says 72 degrees. The science behind this is the fact that 72 degrees can feel much different with a minimum difference in humidity. Recall a time you went outside just after a rain on a hot summer day. It always seems so much hotter than the thermometer says it is.
Some places within your home where moisture may not be welcomed are those areas more prone to problems when there is just too much water. This could include mold in an improperly ventilated area or mildew in an area lacking daily sunlight. It could potentially mean structural failure for an area that is meant to stay fairly dry, such as footings of your home. It could also mean pest problems when the moisture is just too much. Termites, ants and other pests are attracted to damp areas, especially when wood is part of the equation.
All in all, no panic should set in if you notice a little condensation on a window, or maybe a little moisture forming near an air vent. These things are pretty normal in the full scope of typical house life. The areas you should watch for, which aren’t normal, include water dripping from the ceiling, a returning wet spot on the floor, or maybe even discoloration in some drywall or woodwork. These are typical signs when something may be awry. Understanding what too much moisture is and being mindful of good and bad moisture levels within your home can ensure good air quality and prevent further damage. To learn more about how to maintain reasonable moisture levels within your new custom built home, visit us at AmericasHomePlace.com