Professional Charleston Humidity Control
In Charleston and throughout the Lowcountry, locals are familiar with the adage: "It's not the heat; it's the humidity!" High humidity levels outdoor are uncomfortable, but inside your home or commercial building, they can be much worse than just a discomfort. Humidity is the primary condition that leads to mold growth and overall poor indoor air quality.
Unfortunately, most residential and light commercial HVAC systems are designed only to maintain temperatures and not to control humidity. In many parts of the country, those types of systems are perfectly adequate, but in the Charleston area, humidity is a huge concern. There are a number of conditions that can contribute to elevated humidity levels, including:
- Poor/inadequate HVAC design
- Site conditions
- Moisture-laden crawlspaces
If high humidity is a problem for your Charleston area home or business, GLS Engineering & Testing can help by providing you with a professional evaluation to determine sources of moisture and to develop a strategy to maintain acceptable interior humidity levels. If corrective measures are required, our Charleston mold testing professionals can manage the installation of necessary systems and equipment, providing you with a turnkey humidity solution.
Whole House Dehumidifiers
Homeowners need to be aware that Charleston humidity control (also call moisture removal) is only a secondary benefit of standard air condition systems. That means that moisture is only removed when the thermostat is calling for cooling. Although currently accepted HVAC load-estimating methods attempt to maximize the moisture removing capabilities of standard AC systems, you can't count on them for satisfactory results, especially in warm, humid climates.
Humidity control can be greatly improved with the addition of controls, variable speed air handlers, and multistage compression systems.
Additionally, whole-house dehumidification systems can be installed in your Charleston home to control humidity independently of the AC system. Anyone with mold allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions should be particularly aware of the benefits of dehumidifiers.
Benefits of Dehumidifiers
If you notice any of the following problems in your Charleston home, it's likely that your indoor air's humidity levels are too high:
- Sticky or "sweaty" floors
- Mold or mildew growth in any part of your home
- Musty odors
- Condensation on your water pipes
- Clammy feeling on your skin while indoors
Controlling the humidity levels with a whole-home dehumidifier is one of the most effective ways to protect your home against mold growth and to keep your home as comfortable as possible. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that humidity levels are kept between 30% and 50% in homes to control the growth of mold, mildew, and fungus.
Helpful Links Regarding Humidity Control
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Mold
- Safety and Health Topics - Mold
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
When you discover a problem with mold growth in your home, it can be overwhelming. And there is some cause for alarm: mold can be very dangerous to your family, and it can cause serious damage to your Charleston home. However, there's no reason to despair. The professionals at GLS Engineering & Testing can help you determine if there is mold and your home as well as the best ways to eliminate the problem.
Your home is one of the most important parts of your life. It's where you spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. So making sure that your home, and specifically your home's indoor air, is totally healthy is a major priority.