How It Works
The unique, patented Humidex moisture control and ventilation unit will:
- EXPEL moisture, gases, toxins, and pollutants
- REPLENISH the polluted, damp air with healthy, dry air
- VENTILATE the entire house, drying out the structure
Unlike a conventional dehumidifier which does not exchange the air, ventilate the basement and is costly to operate, Humidex will provide a healthier, drier and more comfortable home at a fraction of the cost.
Step 1 – Expel
The moisture seeping in through the foundation and generated from normal activities contribute to a heavy moisture laden air mass at the floor level of the basement and crawl space. It is also the coldest surface, thereby resulting in the highest relative humidity. When a Humidex system is installed and operating, this stagnant, damp, contaminated air is drawn to the bottom vents of the unit by a powerful, yet quiet, ventilation fan. This is the distinct uniqueness and effectiveness of Humidex, in that it is directing the effort to the source of the problem and where it persists.
Step 2 – Replenish
Once the moist air is drawn into the powerful, quiet patented Humidex system, it is then expelled to outside of the house through a 6″ dedicated duct. This flushed-out, contaminated air is then replaced with a flow of relatively drier, warmer and fresher air drawn downward from the upper levels. The warmer air will lower the relative humidity and reduce the condensation on the basement surface. The interior upstairs air is then replaced with cleaner, fresher outdoor air entering the home naturally via windows, doors, and cracks.
The Humidex system is automatically controlled by an adjustable humidistat that regulates the flow of air. When the desired level of humidity is achieved, the fan will reduce speed and resume a higher speed if humidity level increases. At a high rate, which is only at peak times, it will be equivalent to two bathroom fans. In maintenance mode it’s a fraction of that, enough to meet the minimum air exchange required. The direct effect of the air being expelled and the flow of air downward creates an air exchange throughout. As the moisture is drawn off the surface, the moisture absorbed in the walls and floor comes to the surface and is then expelled, reducing structural damage.
The quiet, yet powerful Humidex system draws in moist, contaminated indoor pollutants, and expels them safely from the home. This unhealthy air is then replaced with a flow of drier, fresher air drawn downward from the upper levels. In a home without Humidex, air flows upward from the lower levels of the house through the upper levels. This is known as “stack effect” and through stack effect, moisture, pollutants, and problematic air makes its way up from the basement into the rest of the house. Humidex reverses stack effect, drawing the air from the upper levels downward and out of the home. Replenishment air comes from the outdoors and enters the home naturally via windows, doors, and other openings. In essence, Humidex not only provides the home with much needed healthier outdoor air, it creates crucial ventilation within the home which inhibits the growth of molds and reduces moisture related problems.