Moisture control is a primary function of your Ventilation System.
If you’re existing home has a stale, musty odor you may have a condition known as Sick Home Syndrome. This occurs in homes with excess moisture and inadequate ventilation. These factors can cause toxins, pollutants and gases to accumulate and nurture mold and dust mites, making you and your family sick. The unpleasant basement or crawl space odors are a warning sign of an unhealthy indoor environment that will affect your health and moisture saturation that can cause costly structural damage. The same problems can occur in new construction if the right ventilation system is not chosen and properly installed, operated and maintained.
Two basic types of moisture problems may exist in the home, insufficient or excess moisture. Insufficient moisture in the air can cause dry nasal passages, increased respiratory problems and excessive static electricity in clothing and carpets. Humidifiers or vaporizers will add moisture to the air when it's too dry.
Excessive moisture is a complex issue and can result in health issues a structural damage if not corrected. Indicators of poor moisture control are:
*Condensation, frost or ice on the inside surface of windows.
*Damp spots on ceilings or inner surfaces of exterior walls.
*Mold or mildew growth on walls and ceilings. A serious Health Issue.
*Peeling or blistering of exterior paint.
*Ice or frost on the underside of roof sheathing in the attic space.
*Moisture on basement walls and floors.
*Sweating water pipes.
Moisture Balance is a primary function of your ventilation choice for your home. You need to consider the moisture causing issues for your home since homes vary depending on use. Key moisture builders are:
*Washers and Dryers as well as dishwashers
*Drainage around the home and perimeter walls
*Vapor barriers built into home in walls and under floors
*Home temperature and weather conditions for the area
* Whirlpool tubs, showers and family size
These factors need to be considered when determining the proper ventilation system for your needs. If needs are properly reviewed, you can address these issues by controlling air flow and conditioning based on moisture factors.
By doing so, your home can be in balance and provide optimal comfort and healthy air.
Occupants of households are usually very comfortable when the temperature and relative humidity are maintained within the ranges of 68 to 72 degrees and 25 to 50 percent relative humidity. Maintaining a proper humidity level isn't always easy but by reviewing the information above and checking your humidity levels during the year you are able to first choose the best ventilation system for your needs and operate it efficiently to solve moisture issues.
It is advisable to perform a home energy audit with a
step by step home energy audit system.
This will provide you a complete view of your insulation issues, air leaks, and energy wasting areas. This information is very important when setting up proper ventilation and moisture control systems.
One of the Moisture control components as well as ventilation components is your attic fan. If you want to save energy or are wanting to go green then an excellent choice is a
solar attic fan for optimal Moisture control, ventilation and energy savings.
If you like the energy and money saving idea of a solar attic fan you may also want to look at
solar water heaters
solar and wind energy alternatives
and my favorite for free electricity
magnetic energy the optimal choice for free power.