In Northeast Ohio, summer humidity levels can be bothersome, potentially causing health problems and damage to your home. Using a whole-house dehumidifier can alleviate high relative humidity, and give you a way to control the atmosphere inside of your home, regardless of the weather outside.
Overly humid air can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Window condensation
- Moisture on your home’s walls and fixtures
- Wallpaper that peels
- Paint that flakes
- Attraction of insects
In the summer, overly humid air can also lead you to increasingly further lower your thermostat's setting in an attempt to gain control over humidity; however, this will cause the A/C to consume more energy, and thereby raise your energy bills.
Advantages of using a dehumidifier
A whole-house dehumidifier is designed to extract moisture from the air, each time your home’s air supply travels through the equipment. This is unlike an air conditioner, which isn't specifically designed to remove humidity, but does so as a by-product of the cooling process. In some homes, the A/C or heat pump will do an adequate job of dehumidification except during excessively humid periods or shoulder periods when it doesn't run all that often.
How a whole-house system works
This type of system generally works in connection with your home’s heating and cooling equipment. Once the air is cooled, the whole-house dehumidifier works to draw moisture out of the air, and then the air is delivered into your home. Run the A/C continuously, and the dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air with every cycle.
Another advantage of using a whole-house system is that it generally comes with sensors installed that will read your home’s humidity, and operate the dehumidifier to reach the pre-set levels.
Other steps that help control humidity include:
- Use exhaust fans when cooking or showering
- Keep your foundation dry by limiting how much you water plants growing next to it, and making gutters drain away from it
- Vent moisture-producing equipment, like a dryer, outside
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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