Can I open my windows and doors to dry out my home, since we live in a desert?

Short Answer: Depending on the situation, maybe.

Long Answer: The Las Vegas outdoors can be a harsh and unforgiving landscape. With temperature swings and unpredictable weather, the humidity levels outside during many times of the year may actually cause more harm than good to happen if not carefully monitored.

We’ve covered this previously in another blog post on the topic of drying out your home using a combination of your home central heating system and AC in tandem (read more here), but it bears repeating here: without the correct equipment to monitor relative humidity, as well as monitor the moisture in your walls or flooring, it is impossible to know if the treatment is effective or not.

What we can gather about the above technique is that because we are in a desert, it must mean that humidity inside and outside must be two inherently different levels. This may or may not be the case, and is impossible to know for certain without the correct equipment. However, what we can say for certain is that if (relatively) humid outdoor air comes inside where your already humid air is, it won’t do you any favors when trying to remediate the situation and may in fact make it worse.

The course of action which we recommend to correctly mitigate water damage is simple, and, done right will avoid complications down the line: We use air movers to circulate the air in your home, combined with dehumidifiers which speed up the air-wicking process, leaving you with less of a chance of microbial growth occurring. Trained and certified companies like ours at IRS deal with this type of damage every day, so we know the best ways to deal with it. Let us help you recover, and we promise that we will always keep your best interests in mind.