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Do You Need A Whole House Dehumidifier?

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 11:21 AM

You may have heard of them, but do you know how they work, or even if you need one?  Whole house dehumidifiers may be the solution to your air quality issues.  We’ve talked about the health hazards of poor indoor air quality, and some of the common types of pollutants.  One way to mitigate this problem is by drying out the air in your home.  After all, mold, mildew and insects all thrive in warm, moist environments, so keeping your air dry and cool is an important step toward reducing these contaminants.

A whole house dehumidifier can supplement your A/C system.  Even if you currently use your air conditioner to dry out your indoor air, you may still be experiencing humidity levels that are too high.  How do you know that you need to dehumidify?  Here are some things to look for:

  • Musty odors
  • Warping of wood floors and furniture
  • Condensation inside windows and on pipes
  • Mold and mildew growth on ceilings and walls
  • Asthma and allergies are worse indoors
  • Insects such as termites and cockroaches in the home

These issues are all caused by excess humidity.  A whole house unit can supplement your A/C to keep your indoor air dry and healthy all year.  How does it work?  Basically, humid air is drawn into the unit, where moisture is removed.  The air is then cooled and returned into the home.  If you want to improve your home’s ventilation, you have the option to choose a ventilating whole house dehumidifier.  These exchange dirty, humid indoor air for fresh, treated outside air.  With the tighter construction methods these days, improving ventilation by mechanical means is a good way to improve indoor air quality.

When choosing your whole house dehumidifier, consult with a professional.  In our opinion, it’s the best way to make sure that you get the right unit for your home.  A qualified technician can calculate what size is appropriate, and give you tips on how to use your dehumidifier to realize the highest efficiency and energy savings.

So, if you suspect that your home is too humid, or if you think your A/C is working too hard to try to reduce moisture, consider supplemental dehumidification with a whole house unit.  It’s an effective way to maintain your indoor comfort all year and help get rid of pollutants that affect your family’s health.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

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