4 Ways a Crawlspace Dehumidifier could Improve the Air Inside your Home

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Living in Nashville, you know how hot it can get during the summertime. The daily high temperature in the month of August in the Nashville area is in the high 90s. With high heat comes high humidity, which can impact the air quality of your home. You can’t control the weather, but you can take measures to control the humidity level in your home—like installing a dehumidifier into your crawlspace. Let’s look at four ways a crawlspace dehumidifier could improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Humidity and its effects

Humidity is used to measure the water content in the air. If you watch the weather and they discuss humidity, they’re referring to “relative humidity,” defined as a percentage of the maximum amount of water that the air can hold at the same temperature. When the air is humid, water particles in the air hold heat, creating the effect that it’s warmer than it actually is. This is why, on days of high humidity, it can feel much warmer than the temperature reflects.

If your home has a crawlspace, moisture can build up, and it can trap warm air, which could encourage moisture and mold growth, affecting your indoor air quality.

There are three reasons why humidity has a tendency to accumulate in crawlspaces:

  1. It filters in from the damp ground
  2. It’s drawn into the crawlspace the rom humid outside air
  3. It accumulates from groundwater or flooding

When you factor in that up to half of the air in your home filters from the crawlspace, you can see high humidity can have all sorts of consequences. The best way to minimize humidity in your crawlspace is to have a professional-grade dehumidifier installed. This will reduce moisture while limiting dampness, mold, mildew, and odors, all of which can reduce the quality of the air inside your home.

The benefits of a crawlspace dehumidifier

  • Protecting the structure of your home: Remember that mold and mildew we mentioned? They can be fuel for rot and decay, which may impact various components of your home: the foundation, the subflooring, support beams, and your floors. Eventually, your belongings also may sustain damage from the high moisture content as the humid air filters out of your crawlspace into your living area.
  • More comfortable: Higher levels of humidity mean that the air feels hotter. That means a humid space is more difficult to cool than a dryer one. Your air conditioning system has to work much harder to regulate the temperature in your home if the humidity is high. This can overwork your system, especially if it is already running frequently during the summer.
  • Less inviting to pests: If you have a moist, humid crawlspace, you might as well be rolling out a welcome mat to a variety of pests: rodents and dust mites, as well as several species of insects—including termites, which can devour the wooden structures inside your home. A sudden insect infestation could emanate from high humidity in your home or crawlspace.
  • Better health: Do you or a member of your family suffer from allergies or skin irritation? High humidity can exacerbate the symptoms of both of these issues. Humidity also can provoke flare-ups in certain chronic conditions: asthma, dermatitis, and eczema. Other health consequences of living in an environment with high humidity include poor sleep quality, dehydration, frequent irritation of the throat and sinuses, or having an increased vulnerability to infection.

The ideal indoor humidity range is between 40 and 60%

That’s going to keep your air comfortable. When we’re called upon to lower the humidity in a crawlspace in Nashville, Ameri Care Services now offers AprilAire dehumidifiers. We also recommend having a crawlspace waterproofed and encapsulated at the same time the humidifier is installed. This process forms a watertight seal in your crawlspace, making it more difficult for humidity to accumulate. Finally, we install the AprilAire commercial-grade dehumidifier. This appliance can be set at a designated level and then maintain the humidity level in your home automatically, anywhere in the “sweet spot” between 40 and 60% that you desire.

Crawlspace dehumidifiers in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Ameri Care Services is proud to be an AprilAire Certified Pro Partner in the markets of Nashville and Murfreesboro. This certification means our technicians have been qualified to work with AprilAire products and determine the best dehumidifier for your home, basement, or crawlspace. AprilAire offers a host of models of dehumidifiers to fit a house of any size and style. Founded in 1954, AprilAire is a national leader in providing healthy air solutions.

To find out more about our AprilAire products, call (615) 893-7111 to schedule your consultation today.