Dehumidifiers & Humidifiers
Dehumidification may not be the first thing you think of when you hear “home energy audit” or “energy assessment.” But avoiding excessive levels of humidity inside a home will save cooling costs in summer and help prevent several types of insulation from getting soggy and losing R value.
Everyone who has suffered through a muggy hot day knows that temperature is only one measure of comfort. Reducing humidity, while maintaining the same temperature, makes you feel cooler. The scientific reason is that the more moisture there is in the air the more heat it can hold. Moist air also slows evaporation from your skin, the body’s primary way to cool itself.
Dehumidify Basements and Crawl Spaces
Basements and crawl spaces are major sources of moisture in many homes. Contributors include water leakage, moisture from soil, concrete floors and walls, open sump pits, condensations, and laundry equipment. Differences in air pressure between the basement and the living space cause moist air in basement or crawl space air be drawn upward into the home. In addition, stairwells, floor joints, penetrations for pipes, leaks in heating and cooling ducts also give moist air entry to living areas.
To prevent moist air from reaching living spaces, a variety of strategies are used, including:
- Perimeter floor drains and a covered sump pit
- Dehumidifiers and mechanical exhaust ventilators
- Insulated perimeter walls
- Seals around doors and hatchways
- Insulated and sealed ducts and pipes
- Encapsulation of crawlspaces
- Conditioned air supply
Beyond Saving Energy
In addition to making you feel cooler in summer and preserving your home’s insulation, dehumidification will increase the life of many building components, help improve indoor air quality and reduce home maintenance, such as painting.
High humidity allows mold to thrive on organic materials like wood, paper and even some types of paint. Mold spreads by means of airborne spores. These microscopic organisms pose a serious health hazard. Musty odors and mold stains are telltale signs of excess moisture.
Excess moisture can also shorten the life of building components. Screws, sheet metal and other steel elements rust and deteriorate. Wood can succumb to rot, threatening the structural integrity of a building. Termites, powder post beetles, and other pests love wood with high moisture content. When humidity levels in a home are high, so is the moisture in a home’s walls—moisture that will find its way into siding and exterior trim work. This moisture is the number one cause of exterior paint failure. When sun heats damp siding, for example, moisture in the clapboard or shingles expands and literally pops paint off the wood’s surface in the form of blisters and peeling.
Effective Dehumidification Helps to Solve Moisture Problems
Most energy experts will be able identify the need to dehumidify a Florida basement or home in order to solve moisture problems. But Dr. Energy Saver® is the only full-service contractor with access to industry-leading moisture control and dehumidification systems, such as basement and crawl space dehumidifiers. Our expertise in basement waterproofing, crawl space sealing, and dehumidification enables us to deal with moisture problems like no other contractor can.
An effective moisture-control strategy in basements and crawl spaces is likely to incorporate air-sealing and insulation improvements in addition to dehumidification. This integrated strategy provides several benefits beyond moisture control: improved energy efficiency, healthier air quality, and a cleaner, better-looking space that increases your home’s resale value. Learn more about our exclusive line of crawl space and basement dehumidifiers designed specifically for basements and crawl spaces.