Learn How a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Can Benefit You

Learn How a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Can Benefit You | C.R. WolfeSome homes have way too much humidity. Ideally, the relative humidity in a home should be somewhere between 35 and 55 percent. When it climbs over 55 percent, the home’s occupants feel sticky and uncomfortable. What’s more, high humidity encourages the growth of mold, mildew and fungus, which can damage drywall and home furnishings. Excess moisture may also promote condensation on windows, which can damage window sills.

To lower high humidity, homeowners often turn to a whole-home dehumidifier.

Why Homes are Too Humid

There’s usually a good reason why a home is too humid. Maybe there’s a leak in the plumbing or the roof. Sometimes holes in ductwork allow humidity to enter the home. Poor ventilation in airtight homes can create high humidity, particularly in the bathroom or around the kitchen range hood.

In the summer, the home’s air conditioner generally does the job of dehumidification. But if it’s excessively humid indoors or outside, the A/C may not be able to keep up and could need help. A dirty air filter or dirty coils might also prevent the A/C from dehumidifying properly.

How Whole-Home Dehumidifiers Help

If your home is registering higher than average humidity, you should find the reason — fixing leaks, adding exhaust ventilation when feasible and making sure you have regular maintenance performed on the A/C. But if humidity is still high, a dehumidifier may be your best bet to remedy the situation.

Whole-home dehumidifiers are installed in the HVAC system. A fan pulls the return air past cooling coils; moisture condenses and is carried away through a drain. The supply air that is distributed through the home is thus much drier than when it was drawn into the HVAC system. Portable dehumidifiers are available but must be moved from room to room. Whole-home dehumidifiers, which are turned on by a device called a dehumidistat when the moisture levels rise, do a better job of removing moisture from the entire home.

Could a whole-home dehumidifier be the solution to your home’s moisture problem? Contact C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Middletown area since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole-home dehumidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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