Regulating Indoor Temps Helps Prevent Property Damages To Your Home
Ups and downs in indoor temperatures can wreak havoc with your home. Even if you follow recommended practices and keep your thermostat set on a steady temp year round, there are likely to still be dramatic fluctuations in the level of humidity. These can threaten your health and can also result in serious property damages. Our Daytona Beach home property damage claims attorneys explain some of the most common impacts.
The Impact of High Humidity On Your Home and Health
Due to our general climate and our position along the coast of Florida, Daytona Beach residents end up dealing with high humidity levels throughout the year. It is particularly bad in the summer, when WeatherSpark shows humidity levels close to 90 percent or higher each morning. During this time of year, air conditioners are a major help both in keeping you comfortable and in keeping high air moisture levels from becoming an issue in your home. It can actually be worse indoors in the spring and fall months, when residents are likely to enjoy having their windows open.
As high humidity levels in your home can trigger asthma, allergies, and other conditions, it is worth investing in a hygrometer, which is a small device that measures not only the temperature, but humidity levels. Generally, taking steps to ensure humidity levels stay at 40 percent or below is the best way to prevent potential health issues. It can also prevent homeowner damages that can result from high humidity, which include:
- Encourages the growth of mold and mildew;
- Can damage wooden floorboards and subflooring materials;
- Causes window and door frames to warp, making them impossible to close;
- Can damage wallpaper, paint, and other materials;
- Can cause rot in carpets and other home interior fabrics.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) advises that to prevent mold and other problems due to high humidity, consider using a dehumidifier and make sure doors and windows are tightly sealed.
Property Damages Due To Cold, Dry Air During The Winter Months
While high humidity levels can cause major home property damages, cold temperatures and dry air during the winter months creates problems as well. In January 2022, the Daytona Beach News Journal reported on cold fronts moving throughout the area, prompting the opening of warming shelters for residents. It is during these times that your home can end up suffering serious damage. In addition to health impacts (dry air can cause sinus and respiratory problems), potential effects on your home include:
- Frozen pipes and water lines;
- Cracks and shifting in foundations;
- Floor boards popping out of place;
- Cracks in walls, siding, and glass.
Contact Our Daytona Beach Property Damage Claims Attorneys
When weather-related damages happen around your home, it is important to notify your insurance company immediately. For help in filing homeowner property damages or to dispute a denied claim, reach out to Bundza & Rodriguez. Call or contact our Daytona Beach property damage claims attorneys online to request a consultation today.