Protecting your Home from Mold Growth
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If you live near Naples or Ft. Myers Florida, your home is subjected to humidity year round, but it is relentless in the summer months. Not only is humidity uncomfortable, but it can wreak havoc on your home, causing growth of mold and mildew which can damage your home and cause serious health problems.
How Does High Humidity Lead to Mold?
ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, recommends maintaining a relative humidity (RH) between 30-60%. When the relative humidity in your home exceeds 68%, conditions are ideal for the growth of mildew, fungus and mold. You may notice a musty smell in your home when you first walk in and you may see mold growth in bathrooms and other areas where moisture is present. You may also notice mustiness in your closets: If clothing and linens are not thoroughly dry when put away, mold can grow on their surfaces.
How Can You Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home?
These specific HVAC-related products are designed to reduce or monitor moisture inside your home:
- The compressor in two-stage air conditioner runs at two speeds, high and low. On the other hand, a conventional air conditioner runs only on high and continually cycles on and off running at 100% capacity whenever it kicks on. Since a two-stage air conditioner runs at about 67% of operation capacity instead of 100%, it runs continuously and can do a better job of removing water and vapor from the air, thereby reducing humidity. A conventional air conditioner is not as efficient at reducing humidity because it runs in short, high blasts. A two-stage cooling system offers other advantages as well: It has a longer life cycle, is more energy efficient and is cheaper to operate.
- A whole-house dehumidifier is useful for reducing high humidity in your home. Your ac installation contractor will need to consider the square footage of your home when choosing a unit that suits your needs. A dehumidifier can reduce your energy bill because a dryer house feels cooler, which means that you may set your thermostat higher.
- Speaking of thermostats, modern programmable thermostats can be a great tool for monitoring and maintaining a desired humidity level in your home.
Certified Heating and Cooling is offering a special until June 30th on Honeywell programmable thermostats. The Pro 6000 Wi-Fi is now available for only $199.00 installed!!: It is a 7 day programmable and features remote access to the thermostat via smartphone, computer or tablet. The Pro 9000 Wi-Fi is now $299.00 installed!!. In addition to fully programmable smartphone, tablet and computer remote access, it features a customizable color touch screen. The 9000 also shows indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity information right on the home screen which can help you manage your HVAC system more effectively.