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May 12, 2016
In a majority of Maine’s older housing stock, high humidity levels through the winter months is hardly a concern. Dry winter air and drafty homes often result in very low humidity levels, which requires owners to pump moisture into their homes to avoid itchy skin and dry coughs.
But, as we build tighter homes or work on air sealing older ones, high humidity levels can become a issue, having negative health effects on you and your family. Wet basements and inadequate ventilation in bathrooms or kitchens can introduce a significant amount of moisture to the indoors. Some molds can begin growing in humidity levels as low as 55 percent, and at that point, and even sooner, you would want to start drawing moisture out of your home with a dehumidifier.
It is important to monitor the humidity levels in your home, which can done easily by setting up a humidity meter. The ideal humidity level for comfort and health is in the upper 30 percent. But you won’t feel a significant difference if you keep your levels safe between 30 percent and 50 percent.
Steve and Helen W, Gardiner
Dear Bo, Thank you! It has been a pleasure doing business with you. We are thrilled with our new home - your attention to detail is amazing! Our guests and neighbors always comment on the quality of the workmanship, especially those who saw it "before". Thank you for your knowledge and honesty when dealing with the business end of our transaction. It was wonderful to know we could trust what you said. If you ever need a recommendation, please don't hesitate to ask!