“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
How often have you heard that sentence spoken? And there’s certainly truth in it, because summer heat may make you sweat, but when it comes to discomfort, humidity is the real enemy.
High humidity makes it feel warmer than it actually is because it inhibits your body’s natural cooling mechanism, which results in that sticky, uncomfortable feeling.
It’s a common complaint during warm months, and if humidity is a challenge in your home, a whole house dehumidifier can be the solution, by automatically sensing and removing excess moisture.
When Is It Time To Consider A Whole House Dehumidifier?
Discomfort isn’t the only problem with high humidity.
It can also contribute to mold and mildew growth, and create a breeding ground for dust mites, bacteria and insects. That’s not so great for your health, and is especially problematic if you’ve got allergies or asthma.
Pollutants cling to moisture in humid air, and that can aggravate respiratory conditions, not to mention contribute to that old “musty” smell that you may associate with basements and attics. The air stops feeling fresh and breathing is a little less comfortable.
If either an increase in allergies or an unpleasant smell have become apparent in your home, humidity may be to blame. And if that’s the case, a whole house dehumidifier is a good choice.
And if that’s not enough to convince you of the merits of a whole house dehumidifier, consider this: high humidity not only feels uncomfortable and can have you sneezing more than usual, but it can also damage and warp wood floors, trim and furniture. In some cases, you may even end up with water spots on walls and ceilings. Excessive condensation on glass can lead to rot, mold and damage, which isn’t good for your health or your wallet.
More specifically, if the humidity level in your home is consistently above 45%, it’s time to consider a whole house dehumidifier.
Why Not A Portable Dehumidifier?
If your moisture problem is small and local – a damp section of the basement, for example – then you may want to consider a portable unit. But if your humidity problem extends to larger areas, portable units will have a hard time keeping up.
They also require a lot more attention. Even in a localized area, they can fill up quickly, requiring you to empty the reservoir frequently.
Plus, we bet you’ll be surprised to learn how much moisture is actually in the air in your home. Did you know, for example, that everyday activities like cooking and showering can add as much as 25 pounds of moisture to the air each day? And that’s not counting the extra moisture that results from seasonal humidity.
If you want to reduce allergens, improve comfort and maintain consistent air quality in your home, a whole house dehumidifier beats a small, portable unit.
Hidden Advantages Of Whole House Dehumidifiers
A whole house dehumidifier can remove as much as 150 pints of water from the air in your home each day. If you have particularly troublesome allergies, have noticed mold or mildew, or just never feel quite as comfortable as you’d like to be, dehumidification can help resolve those problems.
But you do want to be careful not to overdo it – too little moisture in the air can be as potentially harmful as too much. A whole house dehumidifier is designed to keep humidity at consistent and optimal levels for your health and comfort.
Better yet, it can extend the life of your air conditioning unit and save you money on energy costs. Your air conditioner is designed to regulate temperature, not humidity, which means that in more humid weather, it has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Since drier air feels cooler, you won’t have to run your air conditioner as much, which puts less stress on the system. And since dehumidifiers use a fraction of the power it takes to run an air conditioner, you can actually see the difference in your electric bill.
Improved comfort, fewer allergies, lower energy bills – those are some of the benefits you’ll see from maintaining appropriate humidity levels in your home. And if you’ve got hardwood floors, prized furniture or even artwork, controlling humidity will protect them from excess moisture and damage.
If you think humidity could be a problem in your home, reach out to us. Call us at (732) 316-5554 or contact us online and we’ll visit your home for a free consultation and an estimate for installing a whole house dehumidifier.