According to the Environmental Protection Agency, relative humidity is most comfortable and healthy between 30 percent and 50 percent. Any higher, and you’ll feel muggy or sticky. High humidity also can encourage the growth of biological contaminants, such as mold, viruses and bacteria.
Dehumidification systems are helping Greater Cleveland homeowners get indoor moisture levels under control. Some whole-house units can extract more than 10 gallons of water a day from your air!
Your household might benefit from a dehumidifier if you notice any of the following:
- You're feeling uncomfortably sticky (and possibly lowering your thermostat because of it).
- Musty odors in certain areas or coming from registers.
- Mold growth in the home (check pipes, windowsills, bathrooms and heating and cooling equipment).
- Water marks on the ceiling or walls.
- Peeling wallpaper or paint.
Another reason to consider a dehumidification system: if anyone in your household suffers ongoing health problems related to mold or other microorganisms. Look for symptoms such as skin irritations, chronic lethargy and allergy symptoms.
Portable dehumidifiers only address small areas and require frequent maintenance. Whole-house dehumidifiers improve air quality throughout your home. They also require less maintenance. And because they work directly with your HVAC system and existing ductwork, they do the job out of sight and out of mind. Your technician can take care of whatever maintenance is required during annual service calls.
Dehumidifiers address microbial contamination by creating a drier environment less hospitable to spores and microbes. Regular maintenance also helps reduce opportunity for conditions to allow microorganisms' presence. You also can improve your indoor air quality by installing an air purifier to remove nonliving contaminants, such as dust. This material can actually serve as food for these microorganisms so it is best to limit it presence. Some more advanced air purifiers actually both capture and kill these microorganisms rendering them inert.
If you have questions about how whole-house dehumidifiers work or any other questions that you might have, simply contact the technicians at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’re proud to serve our neighbors throughout the Cleveland area.
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