The Importance of Fresh Indoor Air

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in America today, we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors.  Obviously, no one wants to subject their family to a home filled with stagnant, uncomfortable air and embarrassing, musty odors.

But poor indoor air quality is a problem that reaches far beyond odors. In fact, the EPA also states that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Excess moisture is one of the top air quality offenders. It can develop as a result of normal activities like showering, laundry, plumbing and faucet leaks, steamy kitchens and daily floor mopping. Inadequate ventilation is among the chief culprits of excess moisture build-up — in both old homes and new.

Moisture control is the secret to fresher indoor air. Here are your three best strategies for improving air quality through moisture control:

  1. Controlling water, air movement, vapor diffusion, and condensation through proper building strategies for your particular climate. You may want to consult the EEBA Builder's Guide.
  2. Proper ventilation makes a big difference in reducing contaminants, filtering air, and lowering damaging humidity.
  3. Using dehumidifiers and other moisture absorbers to maintain a low humidity level is a simple and very effective way to improve air quality.

Actually, simply dehumidifying your home can have a dramatic effect — turning damp, stagnant air into clean, dry, fresher indoor air.

A dehumidifier is an odor neutralizer and will reduce moisture problems of all kinds.  The goal for fresher indoor air is to find the right balance — with 50% relative humidity being the target for achieving optimal comfort.

DampRid® Moisture Absorber is a natural odor neutralizer and dehumidifier that will help maintain ideal relative humidity by automatically removing excess moisture from the air. DampRid® has products that are great for small, enclosed spaces including closets, laundry rooms, bathrooms and many others — plus large-room and our DampRid® Hi-Capacity Moisture Absorber for areas up to 1,000 sq. ft.

With a little knowledge and the right tools, you'll find it's easy to control moisture in the air — and create a clean, comfortable and odor-free home for your family.