Excess humidity leads to black mold
High levels of moisture present a dangerous situation for homeowners and in some severe cases may result in black mold. There are limited warnings that a home has black mold except for musty smells and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. It results, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from constant exposure to moisture from water leaks or floods or and grows on fiberboards and drywall. Homes with wallpaper may be at a higher risk since the covering can trap moisture.
Symptoms for Black Mold
Medical professionals have not determined specific health issues with black mold, but there have been reports associating it with asthma in children, lethargy, and memory loss. For normally healthy adults, the symptoms are typical of a respiratory infection, including coughing, wheezing, and sneezing.
Due to the risks associated with excess humidity, it is important to test each home with a hygrometer. For those who have or are prone to excess humidity, let them know their solutions like waterproofing their basement or crawlspace and adding a dehumidifier.
While waterproofing may prevent excess moisture from seeping into the home, a dehumidifier can remove any excess moisture from building up from daily activities like showering, laundry, and washing the dishes. Dehumidifiers also help protect the home from other issues due to excess moisture including rotting wood, pests, and indoor allergens, among other airborne irritants.
AprilAire Dehumidifiers have an easy-to-read digital display to make monitoring humidity easy. ENERGY STARⓇ recently named the 1870 line of whole-home dehumidifiers its Most Efficient 2020 – the first time a whole-home dehumidifier received this certification.
AprilAire Dehumidifiers also come equipped with a 5-year warranty and are designed and manufactured in the United States. This lets homeowners know that you are installing a quality healthy air solution that will effectively remove moisture from the home and prevent mold growth in their home.
For more information about the benefits of installing an AprilAire Dehumidifier in the home, go to the dehumidifiers’ products benefits page on AprilAire Partners. You will also find a broad range of applications and installation options for AprilAire Dehumidifiers.