Nobody enjoys the discomfort brought on my humidity, but humid air causes more than just discomfort. High levels of humidity greatly affect work in the construction industry. Humidity levels could end up prolonging your project and costing you thousands more than you’d expected.
Humidity Causes Mold
If your work site has a humidity level of over 50%, there is a great possibility for mold growth, which causes a number of problems. For information about how mold affects your health, check out our blog post. If you are left with a mold problem, you may end up losing thousands of dollars on mold remediation.
Humidity Slows Down Productivity
But humidity doesn’t just create an ideal environment for fungi. It also slows down construction projects in other ways, such as drying times. Humidity could prolong the drying of:
- Floor coating
Recommended drying and curing times will change depending on the humidity in the air. Even woodwork may swell or bulge thanks to excessive humidity, ruining the beautiful craftsmanship you’ve worked so hard on.
Can’t I just turn on the air conditioning?
You’d think that an easy way to control humidity in your site would be turning on the air conditioning system after it is installed. The problem is that on an active construction site there can be a lot of dust in the air that will circulate into the ducts. In some cases the building will fail an air quality test after the construction is complete and require a very costly duct cleaning.
The best way to avoid all of this trouble and keep your project on deadline is to use a dehumidifier. At Priority Rental, our portable dehumidifiers are the perfect way to control humidity levels without disrupting your daily work.