Summer months are an exciting time for everyone. Kids and college students are ready for a break and families head out for summer vacations and weekends at the cabin. But with those summer months come high temperatures and increased humidity. Increased humidity is caused by an excessive amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. So, what exactly does humidity do to your log cabin home?
Checks in the Wood
When there is more water in the air, your log cabin logs can start to show signs of checking in the wood. Checks also known as surface checks, show failures in the wood. They can be large and small and mostly happen naturally to logs. Keeping a relative humidity keeps the wood from checking and keeps your home comfortable during the summer months.
Condensation and Mold Growth
Everyone knows that when mold starts to show, something is wrong. Increased humidity can cause mold growth inside your log cabin home. To make sure your log cabin is free of condensation and mold damage set a relative humidity level. The recommended humidity level for the inside of a log cabin home is 35 to 50 percent.
How to combat it
Air conditioners are a no brainer necessity to beat the summer heat. But, did you know they also help fight the excessive moisture in the air that increases humidity? They serve a dual purpose when you’re fighting the rising temperatures and the humidity that comes with it. Another way to make sure that the humidity doesn’t get the best of your home is to purchase a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers extract water from the air leaving you with a balanced level of humidity.
Whatever your log cabin maintenance needs are this summer, call the professionals at LogMedics. 866.956.4633