Do I Need a Whole House Dehumidifier?

High moisture levels can make your home susceptible to mold, insects, high utility bills, and poor indoor air quality. Read our blog to discover the benefits of a whole house dehumidifier.

If you want the therapeutic benefits of a steam bath, you can go to a day spa. Your home doesn’t have to be a sauna in the summer. High moisture levels can make your home susceptible to mold, insects, high utility bills, and poor indoor air quality. Read on to discover if you need a whole house dehumidifier.

How does a whole house dehumidifier work?

A whole house dehumidifier works in conjunction with your home’s HVAC system to draw air in through the ductwork, remove moisture, and circulate it back throughout the home. Depending on the unit, a whole house dehumidifier follows three basic steps to take water out of the air:

  1. A fan draws humid air over a cold coil.
  2. The coil removes moisture from the air through condensation.
  3. Condensed water is expelled through a drain pipe.

Why should I install a whole house dehumidifier?

Homes these days are built very tightly, sealed off from the elements for protection and to conserve energy, but this means that moisture will build up more rapidly and air can become stagnant. The EPA recommends you keep your home at a relative humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. If that’s not enough to convince you, check out these reasons to install a whole house dehumidifier:

  1. In humidity, your body’s natural cooling process is slowed as moisture sticks to your skin, making you feel uncomfortable and clammy.  
  2. Moisture-heavy air can worsen symptoms for those with allergies, asthma, other respiratory problems, or a compromised immune system.
  3. Damp, heavy air bogs down your air conditioner and may cause your cooling bills to spike in the summer.
  4. Excessive moisture can damage your home, warping paint, wallpaper, and furniture.
  5. Damp areas are more susceptible to mold growth and rot and may produce a mildew smell.
  6. Many insects are drawn to moist areas. A humid home is a welcome space for spiders, dust mites, and beetles.

The benefits of a whole house dehumidifier

Low humidity levels allow you to raise the temperature to save money on cooling while also staying comfortable and extending the life of your air conditioner. With a whole house dehumidifier, you won’t have to place portable units all over your home or empty their tanks daily. Hidden from sight, whole house dehumidifiers will eliminate musty odors and dry the air in your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, and more.

Heating & Cooling Two has all the HVAC accessories you need to stay as cool as a cucumber. Our Bryant air conditioners can run in conjunction with whole house dehumidifiers for maximum cooling efficiency and ultimate home comfort. Contact us for more information or a free estimate.

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