Many of us spend the majority of our days indoors. With the pandemic that has hit for over a year now, so many Americans have been working from home instead of commuting to a 9-5 work day. All of this has led to an uptick in real estate transactions People either settle into their humble abodes and do some renovations to what is bother them at home, or list/give notice to relocate.
While aesthetics of your home draw your attention quickly, you may be sitting back day by day and thinking, “Is this good indoor air quality?”
Air Quality Relates To Health
Moisture is a leading cause of health, comfort, and home durability concerns for homeowners. As you are probably aware, moisture leads to mold. In fact, mold flourishes at 60%+ relative humidity. Mold spores float in the air until conditions are right (60% humidity) and then they began to grow on surfaces. Also, dust mites are prolific breeders that thrive in humid conditions. Both mold and dust mites are known triggers for allergic reactions and can really wreak havoc on those suffering from respiratory issues such as asthma.Per the US EPA:*
- 19% of U.S. Households have at least one person with Asthma.
- There is a 20-50% increased risk of asthma in damp houses.
- The annual economic cost of asthma amounts to more than $56 billion annually.
- Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances.
What Should I Do?
Controlling humidity levels not only in your home but also in the crawl space area is very important as lower humidity levels inhibit mold and dust mites. The air in a crawl space can also be dirty. It is s space ideal for breeding ground for mold, dust mites, rodents, insects, etc. The air in the crawl space enters the home through cracks and crevices as well as HVAC leaks in the ductwork. In fact, dirty air from the crawl space is the main culprit of poor air quality for a lot of homeowners.Sealing the crawl space and conditioning the crawl space air will provide so many benefits. First, it improves respiratory health by eliminating dirty air from entering the home. Very important. Second, you will enjoy saving money on heating and cooling. Third, sealing the crawl space eliminates odor issues. No more weird, musty smells. Fourth, say goodbye to bugs and rodent issues. Lastly, the seal will increased resale value of your home. This is a very valuable home maintenance service.
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