How Houston’s Humidity Affects You and Your Home
Did you know that Houston, Texas is considered the third most humid city in the United States? The only cities more humid than Houston are Miami and Tampa, Florida.
Going back to the basics, humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. When the amount of moisture in the air is extremely high, like it usually is in Houston, this can have serious negative effects on the construction of a building and the people inside.
High indoor humidity encourages respiratory infections, asthma, and allergies. It can also lead to the growth of mold, which is dangerous for the people breathing the air and for the structural integrity of a building.
One of the important functions of an air conditioning system is the removal of excess humidity from the air, so the more humid a building is, the harder an AC unit has to work. This results in higher energy bills in all months of the year, but especially in the summer.
During winter, condensation forms in around the walls and ceilings of a building due to warm, moist air from inside trying to move outside. The air hits the cold surface of an inner wall and the moisture-laden air reaches its dew point. This condensation also encourages the growth of mold and mildew.
Luckily, there is a type of insulation that can help ward off these humidity related issues all year round: spray foam.
Fight Back Against Houston’s Humidity with Spray Foam Insulation
General contractors and home builders should consider utilizing spray foam insulation in the construction of new Houston homes and in attics and crawl spaces of existing buildings, respectively.
Spray foam insulation creates a solid vapor barrier, completely preventing the formation of condensation during the winter, and lessening the workload of an AC unit during the summer.
Spray foam insulation offers benefits outside of humidity control as well, including the reduction of noise pollution, and halting vermin and pests from entering. It can also reduce the risk of drafty cold spots during the winter.
Repairing Damage from Hurricane Harvey
Was your home or business damaged by Hurricane Harvey? Starting over is difficult, but with insulation, at least there is one silver lining.
The reconstruction process is the perfect time to redo your insulation. When your property is ready for you to move back in, you will experience the many benefits of spray foam insulation. For more information on how to insulate your home after flood damage, read our home remediation and insulation repair blogs.
Contact us today to learn more about Garland Insulating’s spray foam insulation installation services.