You know that sticky feeling you get when you walk outside on a humid day? You should never feel that way when you’re inside your home!
A properly functioning air conditioning system and a dehumidifier are the keys to reducing high humidity in your home. Let’s look at what a dehumidifier does and how it works.
High humidity is one of the leading causes of mold and mildew growth in your home.
In addition to the high humidity causing unsafe indoor air quality, high humidity can make it feel warmer in your home than it is, causing you to crank up the AC and drive up your cooling costs. This can also cause your air conditioner to work overtime and fail.
Using a dehumidifier can help to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and increase the comfort level of your home.
In addition to feeling that sticky, heavy air, you can look for the following signs that your indoor humidity is too high:
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor humidity levels should stay between 30% to 50%. You can find humidity gauges at your local home improvement store to check your home’s exact humidity level.
All dehumidifiers work by using a fan. A dehumidifier pulls in the moist air from the home and runs it over cold coils or an evaporator to condense the moisture out of the air and collect it in a drip tray.
The dehumidifier uses a condenser coil to bring the air back to room temperature, and a fan blows it back into the room.
If your home’s AC is working properly, it should ensure you have acceptable humidity levels in your home. It’s important to perform preventative air conditioner maintenance to detect any issues that might make it less effective.
A whole-home dehumidifier can be a great option for homes with a humidity issue. This system will monitor your home’s humidity levels and turn on a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed.
Whole-house dehumidifiers can be more effective and efficient than single-room dehumidifiers. This is a permanent and separate system to your AC unit, and you should talk to an HVAC professional before investing in a whole-home dehumidifier.
Portable room dehumidifiers are single units that can be easily set up and moved from room to room as warranted. On the downside, these units are often a bit noisy and unsightly, and the condensation pan that collects the water from the air will need to be emptied frequently.
Controlling your home’s humidity is not just about comfort — it’s about maintaining healthy indoor air quality in your home. Russo Bros. & Co. has helped New Jersey homeowners tackle humidity issues in their homes for over 65 years.
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