Mold in Your Boat Can Cause Allergic Reactions and Asthma Attacks

Mold in Your Boat Can Cause Allergic Reactions and Asthma Attacks

Did you know mold can trigger allergic reactions and even asthma attacks in sensitive individuals?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.”

In addition, the EPA reports: “Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold.”

These serious reactions to mold are why more and more boat owners, captains and yacht builders are having the RiteAire Marine™ Whole-Boat Dehumidification System installed in their yachts. The RiteAire system prevents mold from growing in hidden places like bilges and ducts, behind window treatments, wallcoverings and headliners throughout a yacht.

Mold spores need humidity to grow and thrive the way plants need to be watered. Humidity levels of 55% RH (Relative Humidity) and higher have been proven scientifically to create dampness and promote mold growth in interior spaces. As we head into the summer months, humidity levels will rise far above this level in many popular boating areas across the U.S. For example, in August, the average morning humidity is 92% RH in Corpus Christi, Texas; 91% RH in Mobile, Ala.; 90% RH in Fort Myers, Fla., and 89% in Charleston, S.C.

While air conditioning can reduce interior humidity, it is engineered to cool the air, not dry it. When the air is humid, your AC cannot lower the relative humidity inside to the EPA-recommended “Healthy Zone” of 30% to 50% RH – a humidity range in which mold cannot grow. The RiteAire Marine system works in tandem with your yacht’s air conditioning system, utilizing vessel’s own ductwork to remove moist air and distribute dry air throughout, lowering humidity by 30% per pass.

Over the years, hundreds of yacht owners, captains, dealers and service technicians have told us what a huge difference having a RiteAire Marine Whole-Boat Dehumidification System in a vessel, both to the indoor air quality and their respiratory health.

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