HUMIDITY FROM CONDENSATION
Condensation forms when you have excess ambient humidity in your home. Warm air can absorb and retain more moisture. When moisture-laden air comes in contact with cold surfaces (walls, corners, window frames, glass, etc.), the water vapor in the air condenses. It changes from a gas to a liquid. It becomes water. The symptoms of this are easy to identify. Surfaces with condensation are covered in water droplets and/or are damp to the touch. Condensation usually happens at night when the outside temperature drops and your windows and walls cool.
These are some of the problems moisture from condensation can cause:
- Mold and mildew on any surface
- Stains on walls and peeling paint
- Unpleasant musty odors
- Allergies and respiratory problems
- Damp clothes and household fabrics
- Corrosion and rust of metal objects
- High energy costs
HUMIDITY FROM SEEPAGE
Condensation forms when you have excess ambient humidity in your home. Warm air can absorb and retain more moisture.
When moisture-laden air comes in contact with cold surfaces (walls, corners, window frames, glass, etc.), the water vapor in the air condenses. It changes from a gas to a liquid. It becomes water. The symptoms of this are easy to identify. Surfaces with condensation are covered in water droplets and/or are damp to the touch.
Condensation usually happens at night when the outside temperature drops and your windows and walls cool.
Your home’s humidity level is also related to the climate where you live. Homes in coastal areas and areas with tropical climates tend to have more ambient humidity. In winter and summer this is more noticeable, when the humidity accentuates the feeling of cold or heat.
This also makes it harder to prevent condensation problems, although you can minimize the problem with good insulation, daily ventilation and products that absorb excess humidity. Air conditioning and heating can also help you to reduce environmental humidity, although a house with high humidity is more difficult to cool and heat which means higher electricity costs.
MOST COMMON HUMIDITY PROBLEMS
MITES ANS FUNGI
Some parts of the home are more prone to musty odors. Rooms that are closed off and used infrequently with poor ventilation such as basements, garages, storage rooms, closets, drawers, etc.
Clothes and fabrics kept in closets and drawers can also absorb the musty smell. Eliminating the source of humidity (usually the excess ambient humidity) will save you a lot of trouble.
Excess humidity causes the appearance of mold, fungi and dust mites. These can be very harmful to people with respiratory conditions like asthma and people with allergies. People with asthma or allergies also report suffering more from these conditions in humid environments.
HIGHER ENERGY COSTS
GENERAL DETERIORATION OF YOUR HOME
Mold and damp stains are the most common physical and visible sign of humidity problems. But your home can also have a long list of other problems: peeling paint, damp bedding, rotting wooden furniture, rusting metals, yellowing books and paper, deteriorating stamp collections, etc.
SOLUTIONS FOR HUMIDITY PROBLEMS
you can prevent excess humidity from condensation with a few practical tips. Remember if the humidity level in your home is optimal, between 40 and 50%, it’s very unlikely you will have condensation problems. So your goal should be to eliminate excess moisture in the air. Here are some tips to help you do this easily.
- Ventilate well: Good ventilation allows fresh air to circulate, which prevents humidity from accumulating. Ventilate for about ten minutes in the morning when the sun is out, which is when the outside air has the least humidity. If you have humidity problems in your closets or drawers, open them when you ventilate so they also get fresh air.
- Use exhaust fans: Daily activities like cooking and showering generate a lot of ambient humidity. Use the extractor hood when boiling water, and, if your bathroom doesn’t have an extractor or fan, open the window a little when showering to allow steam to escape and keep everything from getting damp.
- Hang clothes outside: Even if you don’t have a lot of space or if accessing the roof of you apartment building is difficult, always try to hang your laundry to dry outside your home. Clothes just out of the washing machine contain a lot of moisture that will be released directly into your home. Another option is to use a dryer if you have one.
- Use products that absorb excess humidity. People live in their homes, and some spaces are difficult to ventilate, so there will always be excess ambient humidity that can lead to condensation problems. In addition to the recommendations above, we strongly recommend you use moisture absorbers that continuously absorb excess ambient humidity. That means using professional products and avoiding home remedies like containers filled with rice or putting chalk in your cabinets. Those remedies are hopelessly ineffective compared to the efficiency of professional moisture absorbing products.
HUMYDRY® MOISTURE CONTROL PRODUCTS
HUMYDRY® has manufactured and sold products to tackle humidity problems for over 35 years. Today HUMYDRY® products are found in more than 50 countries around the world. HUMYDRY® moisture solutions are the leaders in many of these countries.
HOW DO HUMYDRY MOISTURE CONTROL PRODUCTS WORK?
HUMYDRY® moisture control products with calcium chloride do not emit any substances into the environment. They are completely safe to use, although we recommend placing them in a space protected from possible spillage. You can place the unit under a bed or a piece of furniture, behind a door, on the top shelf of a closet or bookshelf, etc.
- Large spaces of up to 400 square feet: 35.3oz moisture absorbers, refillable with refills of 35.3oz or less.
- Medium spaces of up to 200 square feet: 15.9oz moisture absorbers, refillable with 15.9oz refills.
- Small spaces of up to 100 square feet: 8.8oz moisture absorbers, refillable with 8.8oz refills only.
- Small spaces: Mini 2.6oz Lavender, Cotton and Apple.
SOLUTIONS FOR ANY SPACE WITH HUMIDITY PROBLEMS