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How High Humidity Is Dangerous for Your Home and Family

Your home’s humidity plays a role in your family’s comfort level and health. Low or high humidity poses a number of threats. During the warmer months, high humidity can pose a problem in many homes. If you’ve never thought about the effects of failing to manage humidity, here are a few that could impact your family and your Greenville, North Carolina, home.

Proliferation of Microscopic Organisms

Dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria thrive in moist environments. These organisms multiply rapidly and can cause all sorts of health problems, including allergic reactions and respiratory problems. If you do not take control of the contaminants, the health effects can become serious enough to lead to hospitalization and even death.

To combat the negative effects caused by these organisms, consider a portable or central dehumidifier to help extract moisture from the indoor air. An air purifier is another helpful device that removes harmful contaminants. Air purifiers are powerful enough to remove even microscopic particle, resulting in a better environment and more breathable air.

Disintegration of Your Home

For homes that have a frame, floors, and other components that are made entirely of wood, high humidity levels can present nightmares. High humidity causes wood to decompose and deteriorate rapidly, leading to instability in the frame and other surfaces. A lot of the challenge exists when damage occurs in areas that aren’t obvious such as within the drywall.

Because of these potential problems, you’ll want to manage humidity levels as much as possible. A hygrometer is a useful device if you face humidity challenges throughout the year. If your HVAC system is more than 10 or 15 years old, it’s time to consider a newer system that helps to control humidity. When coupled with a new smart thermostat, you can reduce humidity even more.

Don’t leave your family’s health and your home’s integrity to chance. Give the pros at J & J Mechanical, Inc. a call at (855) 800-1341. We’ll alleviate any concerns you may have about your indoor humidity and provide solutions to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the year.

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