Humidity makes hot temperatures miserable, especially if you are indoors. For your comfort, what you might need to control is the humidity level. You will feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Houston summers are notoriously humid. Houston is not only very close to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s also right next door to two bays, Lake Houston isn’t far from downtown and the San Jacinto River feeds the massive lake. Since Katy is a region with a lot of low-lying land, anytime it rains the ground tends to stay damp for prolonged periods.
Summer mornings usually start off about 90% humidity; your home’s interior should be below 60 percent in summer. Cooking and showering will raise the relative humidity in your home almost as much as the weather. We at ServiceMaster Century warn that all this excess water vapor accumulates in your home and can affect the air quality and the house, itself.
When your home’s humidity is high, it encourages mold. These fungi reproduce by tiny spores that float through outdoor and indoor air. When they land on warm, moist surfaces, they grow and send out more spores. Mold and mildew pollute your home’s air and increase the occurrence of colds, allergies and other illnesses. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances.
In addition to mold and mildew, humidity also provides an ideal environment for dust mites and bacteria to breed and spread in your home or business. People who live or work in places with mold, dust mites and bacteria tend to get sick more frequently and experience more health complications.
In the kitchen pantry, stored food can become inedible. If humidity exceeds 60 percent, dry food will draw in that moisture and then grow stale. Canned foods may rust or leak due to water vapor reaction; any puckered or swollen cans should be thrown out. Worst of all, those horrible Houston roach pests need water. Puddles of condensation give them plenty to drink.
High humidity can also be extremely damaging to the structure of your home or business and the possessions inside. In high humidity, wood furniture and floors bend and warp, paint peels, photographs and paintings can be destroyed from the moisture. It causes stains on the walls, condensation on the windows and rot at the foundation.
Mold can get trapped within the walls – often requiring a costly full replacement of the affected materials. In extreme cases humidity can seep all the way into the foundation of your home or business putting the integrity of the building at high risk.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is a full-service disaster restoration company that can address the humidity problems and prevent further damage. As the leader in the restoration and cleaning services industry for more than 40 years, ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is committed to maintaining the highest standards of business, ethics, and quality.
Contact us now for help with your home and your health.