Controlling Humidity in Affordable Multi-Family Housing for Health, Comfort and Property Protection
Controlling humidity in affordable multi-family housing units is a continual challenge as most building owners, architects, engineers, property managers, and even tenants can attest. Guarding against the potential damage inflicted by excess moisture can be a full-time job. Experienced professionals know there is only one proven, cost-effective way to beat moisture: Early Prevention.
Unfortunately, you cannot control tenant activities that lead to moisture problems, which are further compounded by today’s energy efficient building practices. Building codes focused on higher energy efficiency result in better insulated, more tightly constructed spaces. These buildings, and the spaces within them, require far less runtime of the air conditioning units, which presents a challenge since the air conditioning units typically provide the dehumidification. Less air conditioning run time means less moisture removal and a much greater potential for microbial growth.