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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:19 pm    Post subject: Lowering Your House's Humidity Reply with quote

It seems like we spend about 75 percent of the summer complaining about how miserable the humidity's making us. But do we ever think about how it's affecting our homes? Probably not. What we fail to consider is that indoor moisture can lead to chipped or peeled paint, warped wood floors, mold, mildew, and some pretty funky odors.

Humidity levels inside your house should be maintained at 30 to 50 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov & the best way to keep them there is by using a good, quality dehumidifier. Portable units are great for small spaces, while whole-house systems, working in tandem with your AC, can remove up to 90 pints of water from a house daily.

The following stories will help you choose the right dehumidifier, and deal with other moisture-related problems such as mold, mildew, and wet basements. We'll also provide a few eleventh-hour tips to help you deal with the heat during these final dog days of summer.

Follow these tips to prevent rust, mildew, mold, and odors caused by high humidity levels in the home.


Dehumidifying Basics
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/managinghome/article/0,16417,219633,00.html
Follow these tips to prevent rust, mildew, mold, and odors caused by high humidity levels in the home.

Buying a Dehumidifier
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tvprograms/asktoh/qaarticle/0,16588,213090,00.html
TOH Plumbing and Heating expert Richard Trethewey provides some useful advice.

Eliminating Mildew
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tvprograms/asktoh/qaarticle/0,16588,430686,00.html
Covering it up won't get you anywhere. Instead, you'll need to find the source of the problem. Here's how.

Purging Wood Siding Of Mildew and Odor
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tvprograms/asktoh/qaarticle/0,16588,192893,00.html
Hint: It's as easy as mixing bleach and water.

Drying Out a Wet Basement
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/interiors/article/0,16417,220912,00.html
The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60% of U.S. homes have wet basements, and 38% run the risk of mold. The good news: You can cure most moisture problems with a few simple, low-cost steps.

Beat The Heat
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/heatingcooling/article/0,16417,218939,00.html#
Staying cool during these final days of summer doesn't mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night.
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