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Why Get a Humidifier?

Home Humidity

The maximum amount of moisture the air can hold at that temperature without precipitation occurs when the relative humidity is 100 percent. When the percentage is more than 60%, most homeowners consider the air overly moist, which is also bad for the house and the occupants. Most homeowners think the ideal indoor humidity to be 30 and 40 percent.

What Is a Dehumidifier and How Does It Help?

humidifierHumidifiers operate on similar principles. The air is cooled when traveling over the condenser coils. The moisture in the air is "wrung out," accumulating on the coils and dripping to a collection container or drain pan leading outside. The drain bucket in a dehumidifier has a float that will activate a shut-off switch to stop the bucket from overflowing. Some dehumidifiers remove the water on their own by using pumps or gravity-fed hoses.

Using a dehumidifier to maintain low indoor humidity is beneficial for the structural integrity of the home and the family's health. More importantly, humid environments provide excellent breeding grounds for various environmental allergy triggers.

Signs a Home Needs a Dehumidifier

signsOne clear sign a home needs a dehumidifier is mold. Finding mold means there is too much moisture in the house. When checking for mold, look closely at ceilings, bathroom corners, and around the toilet.

Homeowners also need to check for excess condensation. Typically, condensation on windows indicates a problem and too much moisture in the house. This is especially concerning during lower temperatures. This condensation can freeze, harming the windows and doors.

Another cause for concern is a persistent musty smell or stale aromas. When there is excess dampness in the air, mold can quickly start growing in carpeting, closets, and window curtains, causing these odors.

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

There are several benefits to having a dehumidifier in the home. One of the most commonly referenced is reduced allergens. Dust mites, mold, and mildew are all common allergens and allergy triggers that dehumidifiers help with. Dehumidifiers enhance the air quality and assist in preventing bacteria and virus growth.

Many pests, including spiders and roaches, like wetter settings. A dehumidifier may help deter their visits. Pay close attention to the areas where the most significant insect activity is noticed; if these areas include water or a high humidity level, a humidifier may be the solution.

A dehumidifier can also lower energy expenses by enhancing the air conditioner's efficiency. Likely, the air conditioner won't work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature because a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which saves energy and reduces the wear and tear on the cooling system. Dehumidifiers with the ENERGY STAR certification provide even more significant savings because they operate with less power.

About AirLux Heating & Cooling

AirLux Heating & Cooling knows how frustrating it is to come home to no AC or try to fall asleep when it's cold. They're available 24/7 to provide complete heating, AC, and indoor air quality solutions. Call them today for humidity services in Niles, MI.