All About Humidity and Mold Management

High indoor humidity can be hard to control. Often people use their air conditioners to remove moisture from their home since this happens as a by-product of cooling. However dehumidification is not the primary purpose of and air conditioner. An air conditioner runs off of a thermostat which only senses temperature not humidity levels.

When it is hot and humid outside and you run your AC all day, an air conditioner works fine to remove humidity. But if it is not hot enough to run your AC, the humidity levels outside may still be high enough to be uncomfortable and consequently the humidity level in your home is high too. It might be rainy and cool outside, wet enough to be humid but not hot enough to run your air conditioner.

HUMIDITY FACTS

  • It only takes between four and six pints of water to raise the humidity level of a 1,000 square feet from 15% to 60%.
  • The number of people in your home will affect the humidity level since one person breathing can produce up to 1/4 cup of water in and hour.
  • Some mold can grow when the relative humidity level is above 50%. Most molds like relative humidity above 60-70%.
  • You should have a hygrometer in you home to measure the temperature and relative humidity. Ideal relative humidity is 40-50%.

MOLD FACTS

  • Mold needs 3 things to grow: moisture, warmth and food.
  • Mold decomposes dead organic materials like wood and materials made from wood like paper.
  • Molds can digest some synthetic things such as pastes, paints, or adhesives.
  • Molds secrete digestive fluids that decompose the substrate and make nutrients available.
  • Mold cannot digest nonorganic materials like concrete, plastic, glass or metal, but it can digest a possible layer of dirt or dust that coats the surface of these.
  • Typically relative humidity about 60% is needed to provide the moisture a mold needs to grow.
    Humidity makes a surface damp enough to permit growth.

Kimbro Air proudly provides HVAC service to Hendersonville, Nashville, Bellevue, Bordeaux, Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hermitage, Madison, Mt. Juliet, White House and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 615-527-8576, or request service online today.

You May Also Like

Fall Furnace Maintenance in Goodlettsville, TN
October 28, 2022

3 Reasons to Schedule Fall Furnace Maintenance in Goodlettsville, TN

You may not consider maintaining your heating system until the unit breaks down on a chilly day. Experts recommend you have technicians… Continue Reading 3 Reasons to Schedule Fall Furnace Maintenance in Goodlettsville, TN

Read More…

Commercial Load Calculations in Brentwood, TN
September 28, 2022

Why Commercial Load Calculations Matter to Your Business in Brentwood, TN

When it comes to commercial HVAC systems, business owners in Brentwood, TN must remember accurate load calculations are not a luxury but… Continue Reading Why Commercial Load Calculations Matter to Your Business in Brentwood, TN

Read More…

Generator in Greenbrier, TN

How to Choose the Right Generator in Greenbrier, TN

Power outages are becoming common due to severe weather or aging infrastructure. That’s why having a generator on hand is becoming increasingly… Continue Reading How to Choose the Right Generator in Greenbrier, TN

Read More…

Compliance Settings
Increase Font Size
Grayscale
Simplified Font
Underline Links
Highlight Links
Reset
Close