It’s easy for an anti-humidifier bias to develop in this blog, because we’re primarily concerned about mold and anything that adds to indoor moisture has the potential to spread mold. However, as this article points out, cold air holds less moisture, low humidity causes problems too. In addition to drying out human skin, dry air causes static electricity, which can harm electronic equipment and causes wood to shrink and leave gaps. So we wanted to provide some advice should you need humidification in your home.
Archive for January, 2011
Winter often forces homeowners to consider a classic “lesser of two evils” where moisture in the home is concerned. Sealing up the home and heating it dries out the air causing some discomfort and health issues. This leads to attempts to increase home humidity, but as we all know, too much humidity can promote mold. This page attempts to offer a happy medium where humidity in the home in concerned.
In some ways, there’s not much difference between the conditions that cause poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) at home and the conditions that cause poor IAQ in a work environment. Both have plumbing that can back up or break and roofs, windows, and doors that can leak. On the other hand the workplace has its unique characteristics that lowers IAQ, as this page indicates.
One benefit of the rain and snow we receive during the next few months is that we get plenty of opportunities to check for water damage in our homes. Checking for water damage, as described in this article, is important because those areas in the home where water comes in is also where mold is likely to grow. There are a couple key places to check.