We all love Corpus Christi’s beautiful coastal climate, but along with this nice weather comes high humidity, especially during the hot summer months. Moisture control should be high on the list of items you discuss with your HVAC contractor during your annual maintenance check. Maintaining the proper humidity level inside your home keeps your family more comfortable, while reducing long-term home maintenance costs.
Here are five ways humidity can damage your home:
Foundation problems. Ineffective ventilation of your crawlspace coupled with high humidity can create an ideal environment for termites to take up residence in the wooden parts of your foundation and subflooring. Constant moisture also encourages mold and mildew growth, which can have a direct impact on your family’s health.
Problems with machinery. High moisture levels coupled with salty air can speed up corrosion of metal parts in your HVAC system and lead to premature leaks in your air conditioning coils.
Food storage issues. Moisture can penetrate open food packages and make cereal, bread and other food items go stale or get moldy before you can consume them. Excessive moisture can lead to rust and leaks in cans of food you might be trying to keep for long-term storage.
Deterioration of flooring and indoor walls. Long-term exposure to excess moisture, especially in areas like bathrooms and kitchens, can deteriorate paint and cause blistering and peeling. Flooring exposed to moisture can warp and buckle. It’s important to note that hidden mold growth behind damp walls and ceilings is a potential health hazard.
Attic damage. Heat and moisture inside a poorly vented attic can encourage mold growth and damage wooden structural members. Excessive moisture decreases the effectiveness of insulation, which can result in much higher cooling and heating bills than you should be paying.
Call CCAC for help with humidity problems in your Corpus Christi home. We can install and maintain the dehumidifier in your HVAC system, so you and your family can stay comfortable all year-round.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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