Humidity is the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, and in your home there is always a level of moisture in the air. Depending on the season and circulation in your home, you could be having a high amount of moisture without even knowing it. You may have felt stifled by the air at some point. You could also have felt heaviness in the air such that you felt you could right about float, and that was not a good floating feeling. More likely than not, the heaviness and muskiness was caused by excessive moisture in the air.
Causes of Indoor Moisture
Interestingly enough to understand the cause of moisture in your home, you only have to look at yourself and your family. Home occupants, in their day to day lives release moisture into the air; that accounts for up to three gallons of moisture per day for a family of four. Now apart from this source of moisture, the other culprit kind enough to deliver moisture into your home is diffusion. Though it accounts for about two percent of the total moisture content, it is still a contributor.
Diffusion is the facilitator that brings moisture form areas of greater concentration (like the basement) into areas of lesser concentration (like the attic). Convection accounts for the greatest transporter of moisture in your home. Through the action of movement of air from one pressure point to a different pressure point, convection moves moisture from the depths of the house into its heights. Without a proper vapour barrier inserted on top of its foundation, a house can let in high volumes of moisture in any given season. Greater concentrations of humidity are of course had during the warmer seasons. Talk about a stifling time!
Effects of Excessive Humidity
You can now probably pinpoint when you felt humidity’s power surrounding you and it was not a pleasant experience. Excessive humidity tends to take a toll on the body as it prevents it from cooling down efficiently. This can lead to a number of complications including heat strokes. Difficulty in breathing, nausea allergic reactions and asthma are but some of the choice ways excessive humidity will affect your body. This is of course different for every individual.
Moisture in the air will also have the adverse effect of supplying food to mold spores which can then begin to grow in selective locations. Mold is a dangerous thing to have indoors as it can make people seriously sick. High humidity will at some points in the house condense, leaving wet patches that can work as feeding grounds for the mold spores. The excessive moisture also has the ill effect of affecting the structural integrity of your home. It can cause rotting to occur in the foundation, cause paint to peel off the walls as well as warp different parts of your wooden parts.
The wise thing to do in this case is to minimize the humidity and find a way to collect this moisture. You can do this as well as create a stable humid environment through the use of a dehumidifier. It will help you get rid of the moisture through a drain or collected in a container, leaving your environment safe for habitation. Keeping a humid safe environment is not only more comfortable but safe as well for both you and your house.