Humidity control is vital not only for your indoor comfort, but also as a means of protecting your home from structural damage and other potentially serious problems. Air that is too dry can lead to respiratory problems, chapped lips, sore throats and dry skin, while air that is too humid can cause wooden structures and supports to warp or rot, and can also allow toxic mold spores to gain a foothold on your walls and ceilings.
In broad terms, you have two major options when it comes to humidity control: spot systems and whole-house systems. Spot systems are portable units that either add or remove moisture from the air in problem areas, such as your basement or attic. While they are effective in small spaces, they only work in limited areas. Whole-house humidity control systems are a better option if you want to conquer humidity or dry air for good.
Whole-house systems are linked to your central HVAC controls, allowing you to add or remove moisture from your indoor air on an as-needed basis, helping you keep humidity levels in the optimal range of 30 to 60 percent. Humidification is achieved by dispersing water vapor in the system, which then delivers moisturized air through your vents. Dehumidification systems suck moisture out of the air in your return vents, then recirculate the dried air into your home. Retrofitting your central HVAC system to include humidity controls is fairly easy and affordable, and a reputable contractor can install your new system and instruct you in its proper use in a matter of hours.
Whether you want to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, protect your home’s foundation and structural elements or simply enjoy improved levels of indoor comfort, humidity control systems can go a long way toward helping you achieve these goals.
If you have any questions about spot or whole-house dehumidification and humidification systems, or if you’d like one of our professionals to perform a no-obligation consultation, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Overland Park Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving residents of the Kansas City area since 1983.
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