It’s odd, but the air leaks that you find in most older homes can almost be seen as an advantage in one small way. Whereas drafty old homes will take in the lower humidity winter air, perfectly sealed newer homes sometimes experience problems from moisture generated by having much higher humidity air inside than out.
Don’t get us wrong. You want to prevent drafts to keep your heating and cooling costs down, but you also need to take some extra measures to avoid moisture problems. Without air leaks balancing the humidity inside and out, some newer homes may end up with condensation in walls and attics. This moisture can diminish the effectiveness of insulation and maybe even lead to dry rot in wood.
What can you do if you have condensation?
Properly ventilating your home with fans will go a long way toward helping you eliminate bad effects from moisture. The low cost solution would be to crack a window next to a bathroom or kitchen fan. If you want a more comprehensive solution, you should think about using an air to air heat exchanger to bring in fresh outside air through a ventilation system and warm it.
Crawlspace is a major source of condensation. With just plastic and heavy tape (or roofing tar), you can create a vapor seal that eliminates moisture from entering your home through its crawlspace.
If the problem is too much humidity inside, a dehumidifier is another great solution. These products are great for basements that are too cool in the summer or tightly sealed homes that are too humid in the winter. Dehumidifying will help you find that balance that will help you avoid damaging condensation in walls and attics.
End the moisture problem in your Denver home by contacting the experienced professionals at Grand Home Services. Our ventilation expertise and dehumidifying products can help you dry up any condensation issues.