Excess moisture in the air of your home not only affects your comfort and health, but can undermine the structural integrity of the house as well. High humidity promotes growth of microorganisms like molds, bacteria and viruses. Low humidity causes dries out respiratory linings, shrinks and warps wood and other materials, and causes cracking in walls and some flooring materials. That is why controlling humidity to the proper levels is so important.
But where does humidity inside a house come from? There are various sources:
– Soil moisture penetrating walls and floors of basements
– Outdoor air coming through cracks, holes and gaps in windows and door