Hello, Sticky Wet Humidity
Summer temperatures can climb especially high here in the El Dorado Hills area, and that means our homes are vulnerable to warm-weather issues such as high humidity and poor indoor air quality (IAQ). If your home feels more like a sticky swamp than a cool oasis in the summer, it’s time to take some effective measures for controlling indoor humidity.
The Dangers of Excess Indoor Moisture
Allergens such as mold and dust mites thrive when humidity levels in the home are consistently above 50%. In fact, it only takes 24 to 48 hours for black mold to begin multiplying in your home in these conditions. Mold and dust are among the top triggers for indoor allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and asthma.
If you want to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms at home, it’s important to do what you can to control indoor humidity.
How You Can Control Humidity
Proper humidity control typically requires a comprehensive approach. At California Energy Services, we recommend air sealing and insulation for a tighter home, along with ventilation for improved air circulation.
Many homes in the greater Sacramento area are riddled with tiny air leaks which allow moist outdoor air to seep indoors. These air leaks not only compromise indoor air quality but also decrease overall home efficiency. Air sealing plugs those leaks and reduces the amount of outside air that travels indoors, creating a tighter home.
Certain types of insulation, such as spray foam insulation, can further create a moisture barrier along the exterior of your home. When paired with air sealing, the right type of insulation will prevent moisture intrusion, stabilize indoor temperatures, and contribute to a tighter home.
Ventilation removes sticky and stale indoor air from your home via an exhaust system and pulls in fresh outdoor air. We recommend installing a whole-home fan, which will create a natural breeze inside your home for whole-home ventilation. As an added bonus, you’ll save big on your utility bills by not having to run your AC system as often.
Improve Your IAQ with California Energy Services
Improving indoor air quality may seem complicated, but at California Energy Services, we make it simple. Our IAQ specialists can assess your home and design a comprehensive approach that keeps your home cool and free from excess moisture.