Controlling The Humidity In Your Home
The Problem:Your Home's Air Quality
Scientific studies have indicated that the air circulating throughout your home can actually be more polluted and hazardous to your health than outdoor air, even if you live in a large industrialized city. The health effects due to indoor air pollutants and toxins may be experienced immediately after exposure or, possibly years later as your body ages.
We really don't think about it, but our homes have many hidden sources of pollutants that contribute to poor air quality, including combustion sources such as coal, wood, oil, gas, kerosene and tobacco products. Those are the obvious ones, but other sources could also include: wet or damp carpet, space heaters, cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products, asbestos-containing insulation, household cleaning and personal care products, pesticides and solvents used for hobbies. And don't forget the obvious: mold, mildew and pollen which can heighten allergy symptoms, asthma, influenza and viral infections. Not to mention the musty odor associated with mold and mildew.
Ironically, the “tighter” your home, the more leak-proof it may be, not allowing enough outdoor air into your home to circulate and help mitigate the polluted indoor air.
A humidity problem in your home may seem like a minor inconvenience compared to pollutants but moisture circulating throughout your home can cause serious health issues as well. It can magnify allergy symptoms, cause mold and even rotting wood—think of the floor and ceiling joists which support your home.
A recent study has indicated that foundation walls, due to their porous nature, absorb 10-15 gallons of water vapor per day, which is responsible for up to 80% of the home’s indoor moisture and can accelerate the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew as well as attract bugs, spiders and pests. The installation of a crawl space encapsulation system or a basement waterproofing system can help prevent this excess moisture in the air but there are methods to remove the moisture from the air as well.
If you already have a dehumidifier to take care of those moisture issues, good for you. Now, here's the not so good news: If it's a conventional dehumidifier, it may actually be doing your family, and their health, more harm than good.
How? Dehumidifiers are designed to draw moist air inside the unit, condensate the air and then liquefy it so it drips into a container (bucket), which you then need to empty on a regular basis. The problem with this system is that the dehumidifier is simply circulating the same stale, polluted air over and over again throughout the room. It's not replacing the air or even freshening it. It may remove some of the moisture from the air, but not very effectively or efficiently, and does nothing about the potentially harmful pollutants still in the air.
The water in the dehumidifier's container (bucket) can also cause issues. Even if you are vigilant about emptying it on a regular basis, the container can quickly become an incubator for bacteria growth, inevitably leading to mold issues. Now you have a real problem on your hands. Dehumidifiers are undersized for this type of work because they are designed to operate in only one room. But what if you have five, six, seven? More? And a basement?
The Solution: EZ Breathe Humidity Control System
Our EZ Breathe Humidity Control System removes moist humidity and air pollutants circulating throughout your home at the same time.
Better Than A Dehumidifier – How it Works
The EZ Breathe Humidity Control System draws in fresh outdoor air, circulates it throughout the home, then draws that air into a ventilation system that exhausts it back outside. With that air goes the moisture from the humidity and all the toxic air pollutants from inside your home. It's like opening a giant window in your home and airing it out, but without letting in the freezing cold or summer heat. And, unlike a dehumidifier that can only really function in one room, the EZ Breathe Humidity Control System can circulate air throughout your entire home, including the basement.
The long-range cost of the EZ Breathe Humidity Control System only sets you back $2-$4 per month, the same as a 40 watt light bulb, compared to a traditional dehumidifier that can gouge you for up to $50 per month to operate.
Saving money is a great thing, but what about personal health and maintenance benefits?
- With the EZ Breath system you'll have no maintenance, no nasty buckets to empty and no filters to change. Simply get it and forget it.
- Continuously provides ventilation, dramatically improving the air quality in your home.
- No water buckets to empty and expensive filters to replace.
- Reduces mold and mildew.
- Removes unpleasant odors.
If you are concerned about your home's air quality and your family's health, it may be time to install an EZ Breathe Humidity Control System in your home. Call us today for an appointment and discover how you can make your home a healthy home.