Maintaining optimal humidity in your home with a dehumidifier will help keep you comfortable this summer. Dehumidifiers come in two main types, portable dehumidifiers that can be moved room to room, or whole-house dehumidifiers that take care of the entire indoor space. The advantages of using a dehumidifier include reducing household allergens, decreasing mold or mildew growth, and preventing structural damage from too much moisture.
Signs that there’s too much humidity in your home include:
- musty or mildewy odors
- visible mold growth on walls or ceilings
- wall or ceiling stains that are not due to a roof leak
- visible condensation on walls or windows
- serious indoor allergies
When too much humidity is present in the home, mold and mildew will grow. Sometimes it isn’t visible, but people who suffer from mold and mildew allergies will be affected nonetheless. When allergies won’t go away, or there’s a musty odor in the home, consider scheduling a home evaluation to see if a dehumidifier is needed. Sometimes, realizing that your home needs dehumidification is as easy as noticing moisture and even water in spots where it shouldn’t be.
It’s important to know how a dehumidifying unit works best. When placing a portable dehumidifier in your home, make sure to leave enough space around the device. This will allow for proper air flow around it.
A whole-house humidifier works efficiently when all windows and doors are closed. Foundation leaks should be fixed and any standing water removed. The whole-house humidifier is the better choice for a moisture problem that extends past just one room. It’s easier to maintain and will do a better job of removing humidity from your entire home.
Check the humidity level in your home. A range of 40-50 percent is recommended, but during really hot times, the unit will be working hard to maintain that level of humidity. Keep in mind that 60 percent humidity is comfortable for those who do not have indoor allergy problems or asthma. Check the air humidity levels in your home often.
When you are considering a whole house dehumidifying system, contact us at Overland Park Heating and Cooling, Inc.. Our staff is ready to talk with you about how to remove humidity from your Kansas City area home effectively.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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