Mildew is a thin, often whitish to bluish-green growth produced by molds on many surfaces. Molds are simple plants belonging to the group known as fungi. Though molds are always present in the air, those that cause mildew only need moisture and a certain temperature in order to grow.
Molds that cause mildew to flourish in areas that are damp, warm, poorly lighted or where air is not circulated: basements and crawl spaces of houses. They also grow on draperies, rugs and shower curtains — anything from which they can get enough food. This includes cellulose products such as cotton, linen, wood, paper and protein substances such as silk, leather and wool.
In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. They discolor fabrics and sometimes eat into them until the fabrics rot and fall apart. Leather, paper and wood also become discolored and are eventually damaged by mold and mildew.
The first step in mildew control is to try to control the dampness inside the home. Cooking, laundering and bathing, without adequate ventilation, adds three gallons of water to the air everyday. Dampness in any structure is caused by condensation of moisture from humid air onto cooler surfaces. Excessive moisture collection may mean that a corrective measure is needed in the crawl space or basement.
All objects effected by mildew in poorly lighted and air circulated areas, basement and crawl space would have to be cleaned and then treated with fungicide solution using full scale containment from the rest of the house. The air exchange equipment with HEPA filters would have to be installed in contained area during the process of mildew removal.
Santa Fe Advance
Maintains 50% or less relative humidity as recommended by the EPA, American Lung Association, and American Medical Association.
As much as 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home comes from your crawlspace. Relative humidity levels above 70% in your crawlspace stimulate the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria and other biological allergens, which generate musty odors. Air infiltration from the crawlspace permeates the living area, carries odors, and contributes to poor indoor air quality and uncomfortable humidity levels. The Santa Fe Advance offers time-tested technology to maintain recommended humidity levels in your crawlspace and to protect your home and family from the consequences of high humidity.
Santa Fe Compact
This air is often higher in relative humidity, and carries with it various allergens and musty odors. When conditions linger above 60% relative humidity for extended periods of time, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth is stimulated.
The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity level in the 30% – 50% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a premium dehumidifier like the Santa Fe Compact. Protecting your family, and your biggest investment, is worth the best.
Santa Fe RX
High moisture levels result in physical discomfort, increased air conditioning costs, and possibly serious health issues associated with high humidity. In addition, damage to your home and your home’s furnishings can result. Maintaining relative humidity below 50% prevents dust mite infestations, mold and mildew growth, and inhibits the growth of bacteria. Lower relative humidity also reduces the out-gassing of volatile organic compounds—creating a healthier environment in which to live and breathe for you and your family.
Santa Fe Classic
If you store anything of value in your basement or if you use your basement as living space, it is important to keep the moisture levels low. Relative humidity levels rising above 70% stimulate the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria and other biological allergens, which generate musty basement odors. These conditions must also be prevented in microenvironments such as underneath carpeting, rugs, or storage boxes. The Santa Fe Classic is the most energy-efficient dehumidifier in the industry and offers time-tested technology to maintain 50% or less relative humidity in your home as recommended by the EPA, American Lung Association, and American Medical Association.