One of the things that every homeowner thinks about is energy efficiency. You don’t want high heating and cooling costs, so you take steps to make your home well-insulated and may even have upgraded to a higher-SEER HVAC system. What you may not have thought about is how much moisture can make a difference in the comfort level and efficiency of your home. Moisture management must also be considered as part of your plan.
Moisture in your home raises the humidity level, which can result in a number of undesirable outcomes. It is going to be taxing for your HVAC system, for one thing. In addition, too much moisture in your home can lead to mold growth, which can have adverse health effects, particularly to those sensitive to this contaminant. When you consider that mold can grow in just a couple of days when it is extra humid, you could have a problem pretty quickly.
There are numerous things you can do as part of a moisture management plan. For example, consider tasks such as laundry, cooking, and showering, which raise humidity. Obviously, you can’t stop doing these things, but you can make sure these areas are properly vented to get the moisture removed promptly.
Also, take a look at situations outside your home that could be resulting in excessive moisture. Improper landscape irrigation, ineffective or damaged gutters or downspouts, incorrect grade, improperly installed insulation, ineffective sump pumps, wet crawlspaces, leaking basements, and unmaintained HVAC equipment can all lead to moisture issues.
Here at Dry Foundation Technologies, we specialize in moisture management assessments and solutions, including dealing with common problems such as poor drainage, leaking basement walls, condensation issues, and sump pump systems. If you are concerned that your home isn’t as dry and comfortable as it should be, let us check it out for you. A nice rain outside might be considered fun to some, but nobody wants to feel like they’re getting soaked in the house.