Will a humidity sensor switch help control my homes humidity

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 America/Los_Angeles by Enerlites

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Some parts of the Midwest, South and East Coast struggle with humidity year round, sometimes worse than others. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, at times humidity can be stifling and limit some people’s activities. So does the humidity only affect you? What about your home?

According to the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) research on controlling relative humidity, they recommend keeping indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity ideally between 30 and 50 percent, 60 percent maximum.

The EPS says, by controlling the relative humidity in a home, the growth of some sources of biological contamination can be minimized. If you don’t live in humid areas, standing water, water-damaged materials, or wet surfaces can also serve as a breeding ground for molds, mildews, bacteria, and insects. House dust mites, are one of the most powerful biological allergens, growing and thriving in damp warm environments. The combination of dust and humidity can easily lead to household mold problems potentially causing health issues.

Humidity is caused when high levels of moisture enter building cavities or get inside, when excessive moisture is produced indoors, or when indoor air comes into contact with cold surfaces such as single-pane windows or uninsulated walls. Excess moisture may be the result of activities by the occupants indoors, especially in bathrooms or kitchens.

Humidity is the amount of water vapor that air can hold depending on its temperature. Since warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, we talk about “relative humidity” (RH). Since the moisture holding capacity of cool air is less than that of warm air, the excess moisture condenses, usually on the first cold surface. The temperature at which the air can hold no additional moisture is called the “dew point.”

Indoor humidity is the result of the amount of moisture produced inside, the relative humidity of the air outdoors, and the building air-exchange rate. Depending on the building air-exchange rate, the same amount of moisture may cause no moisture problems in one house, while resulting in serious mold and mildew in another.

When struggling with home humidity problems or other issues related to elevated humidity, or excessive moisture in your air, you must act swiftly. In humid buildings, attic condensation can result in mold and mildew that often grows on clothes or cardboard boxes and can get out of hand quickly.

What if you do not have an air conditioner and you live in a humid climate; or what if your swamp cooler doesn’t control humidity? Solving home moisture problems can start with looking for moisture sources outside the house and determining how to control them, minimizing production of humidity inside the house, and installing ventilation where needed can be simple. One of the most effective ways of controlling humidity and household molds is proper bathroom ventilation.

No matter where you live, installing a humidity sensor switch like Enerlites dual technology PIR humidity sensor switch is easy and ideal because it automatically sense levels of humidity and turns on and off fans and ventilation systems. It can also control lighting as well as humidity. With built in motion sensors it can detect if someone is in the area and turn off lights when no one is around. More importantly the humidity sensing controlling device can start and stop ventilation, helping to reduce humidity in bathrooms, kitchens, pantries, and even garages or warehouses. For added convenience the PIR Humidity wall sensor switch can also be operated manually.

If buying a new home or remodeling your current home a dual technology motion sensing switch with humidity control is a must! Protect your house and make sure your bathroom does not build and collect humidity. For more information, call your local electrical distributor or see our innovative dual technology switch at http://www.enerlites.com/enerlites-dwhos-dual-tech-pir-humidity-wall-sensor-switch.