WHO is the IW25 in-wall created for? Specifically designed for multifamily housing apartments but extremely beneficial in student housing, residential homes, vacation homes, hotels, resorts, condos and more!
MOLD is a contentious subject these days and a BUZZ word within the multifamily industry. If you are a property manager, developer, general contractor, architect or mechanical engineer… you get it. It is a huge problem! Thankfully, Innovative Dehumidifier Systems (IDS) found a solution to this rising MOLD issue, and are currently pioneering the way in mold prevention.
WHAT is the IW-25 dehumidifier and WHAT does it do? IDS created an in-wall dehumidifier which reduces mold from growing in apartments up to 1,500 square feet.
HOW does it help to prevent MOLD? There are several components required to enable mold to grow.
− Presence of mold
− A food source
− Moisture (Water and Humidity)
When these components are combined, mold thrives and grows quickly. As a result, detrimental damage can occur to one’s health and property. The key is to eliminate one of the components to prevent mold from growing. The one component we can control, thus reducing or eliminating mold growth is moisture/humidity. Research shows that if the relative humidity is maintained below 60%, you can reduce the amount of moisture enough to prevent mold from growing. The IW-25 is designed to remove up to 25 pints of water per day…no mold growth.
WHERE does the in-wall dehumidifier get installed, and how does it work? It sits in-between wall studs preferably in a central location of the apartment. It is out of the way and off of the floor. The IW-25 is Energy Star® Certified and runs independent of the HVAC system. It plugs directly into a 120v outlet or can be hardwired into existing electrical all while draining into a hub-drain or plumbing line.* A surface mounting kit is available to affix the unit to masonry and CMU block as well.
WHY is mold a problem in multifamily housing apartments?
Mold grows everywhere because microbial spores are everywhere. They are looking for organic matter (food), moisture, and oxygen to grow. Unfortunately, we cannot control most of these factors especially in smaller, tighter envelopes such as apartments, but we can control the relative humidity. A few specific factors that multifamily housing apartments experience is below:
1. Daily Moisture – 25 pints
On average, a family of 4 produces 25 pints of water per day. Moisture is released into the air from daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, showering, perspiring, etc…It is inevitable there will be signs of mold if this moisture is left unattended.
2. Daily Habits / Tenant Behavior
Daily habits differ from person to person. For example, some choose not to run exhaust fans while cooking or showering. Others may not leave their apartment often, while others cook all day. Some people choose to house many plants and/or aquariums. Some do not run their HVAC system because they prefer it warmer in temperature or to keep electricity cost at a minimum. The list of the whys and hows people choose to live can go on and on, but the direct result of moisture accumulation and relative humidity remain the same… too much of either leads to mold growth.
3. New Construction Efficiencies – Tighter Envelopes
We are seeing an increase in mold growth due to tighter construction regulations. It is great to be energy efficient but as a result we are finding moisture cannot escape and apartments are unable to “breathe”.
For example, high efficiency HVAC systems are much more efficient and run for short periods of time. This is exceptional for HVAC systems, however as a result, moisture does not have an escape route and is not cycled out. Without a dehumidifier moisture remains trapped creating great conditions for mold to grow.
4. Introduction of Fresh Air Vents
Many codes are now requiring the introduction of “fresh” air from outside into apartments. While some days may have a relative humidity levels less than 60%, many days have a relative humidity outside much higher than 60%. By introducing this high humidity air into the apartment you are elevating the relative humidity in the apartment and increasing the opportunity for mold to grow.
WATCH THE VIDEO to see why you need an in-wall dehumidifier.
Protecting your property and avoid unnecessary mold remediation costs, headaches, hassles, and litigation concerns BEFORE mold has an opportunity to wreak havoc on your property with the IW-25 dehumidifier. Here are a few of the benefits you will experience with the IW-25 dehumidifier:
– Hands-free & Tankless – Installs in between wall studs – Is efficient to tenant behavior
– Independent of HVAC system – Requires minimal maintenance – Runs quietly
– Tamper proof – Easy installation – Energy Star® Certified
– Drains into existing plumbing* – Can be hardwired – Very energy efficient
WHEN do you need it?
NOW. There is no perfect time like the present especially when it comes to preventing mold growth. Be proactive and protect your property. We suggest adding the IW25 into your floor plans whether it is a new construction or rehabilitation project. Our free consultations and assistance is readily available to you as needed, and we are eager to problem-solve in existing apartments as well.
What is the COST?
The cost of putting dehumidifiers in your entire apartment complex can potentially be cheaper than 25% of a mold remediation in 1 unit not to mention potential litigation fees. Interested in purchasing a unit? SHOP NOW!
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*Be sure to follow local codes.