Why is Dehumidification so important?
Studies have shown that as much as 50% of the air in your home comes up from your basement or crawlspace. This air is often higher in moisture content and carries with it various allergens and musty odors. When conditions linger above 60% relative humidity for extended periods of time, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth are stimulated.
The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity levels in the 30% – 50% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a premium dehumidifier like the Santa Fe Compact.™ Protecting your family and your biggest investment is worth the best.
The Santa Fe Compact was specifically designed for crawl spaces. At 12” tall and 12”wide, the Santa Fe Compact can fit where no other dehumidifier can. Innovative features such as integrated vertical or horizontal exhaust outlets offer flexibility even in exceptionally tight spaces, while the optional condensate pump, hang kit, and duct kits facilitate installation in the most challenging applications. No conventional dehumidifier can perform as efficiently and effectively in crawl spaces as the Santa Fe Compact.
Basement & crawl space dehumidification
The cooler temperatures in crawl spaces (and basements) create unique humidity control challenges for homeowners.
The earth under the soil in a crawl space (or under the basement slab) remains at a nearly constant temperature of 50-60F year round. The ground keeps the surface soil in a crawl space (or the slab in a basement) cool. These cool surface temperatures create micro-environments where the relative humidity of the air approaches its saturation point (100%RH) and condensation (or sweating) can occur. The conditions that result in the support of mold & microbial growth and cause musty odors.
Consequences of high humidity in crawl spaces
- Wet crawl spaces contribute to the cupping of wood floors and the deterioration of the floor joist, beams, sub-flooring, insulation, and electrical-mechanical systems.
- Excess moisture encourages mold growth on the wood and on any other organic material that is in the crawl space.
- Crawl Spaces are a major source of air and infiltration that permeates up into the living area, transmitting odors, saturating structures, and creating an environment conducive to molds and dust mite infestation.
Call Quality Foundation Repair today to get your free estimate quote to determine if your home requires dehumidification!