Control excess humidity and enjoy year-round comfort with a whole-home dehumidifier.
It’s easy to identify those hot and sticky days when your home would be unbearable without a central air conditioner. But there are also key times of the year, when humidity levels are high enough to make you feel uncomfortable even at moderate temperatures, when the air conditioning isn’t running.
Does My Home Need De-humidification?
The need for De-humidification has been recognized for many years, but in a very limited way. Many homeowners can identify with high humidity conditions or symptoms within their home.
- Temperature is okay, but you’re still not comfortable.
- Clammy, sleepless or restless nights.
- Damp, musty basements or crawlspaces.
- Condensation on supply vents, pipes, toilets etc.
However, many of these same homeowners have tried to control or remedy the situation with a basic, less efficient portable dehumidifier and have had to buy multiple units, possible for multiple rooms in their home.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued yet another recall of millions of dehumidifiers that can overheat and start a fire.
The recall affects about 3.4 million Midea dehumidifiers of various sizes sold under dozens of brand names including household giants like GE, Kenmore and Frigidaire. The dehumidifiers were manufactured by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China and sold at Lowes, Menards, PC Richard and other stores nationwide from January 2003 through December 2013, according to the CPSC.
The dehumidifiers involved in this latest recall are implicated in 38 reports of smoke and fire and about $4.8 million property damage.
Click here to read more about this Recall.
Excess humidity in your home is more than just uncomfortable—it’s unhealthy.
Excess moisture in your home can be obvious. You might smell it in the form of musty odors. You might see it in the form of mold and mildew. You might even feel it in the form of sweat or clamminess. In fact, your home might feel damp and dank, just like a cave—and that’s anything but inviting.
Discomfort is just one of the many problems associated with excess humidity in your home. Excess humidity can also impact the health of your family, the longevity of your home’s structure and even your energy usage.
Allergies, Asthma, Mold & Insects.
Excess moisture can also aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms by creating the perfect breeding ground for mold and insects.
Whether it’s from air that’s trapped in a bathroom or basement, condensation on windows or moisture that seeps up through your carpeting, mold is common in many households. And just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Molds can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, causing everything from minor irritations, like nasal stuffiness and skin irritation, to fever and shortness of breath. When residents have chronic lung illnesses, mold can even infect their lungs.
Insects are also drawn to places where moisture is high. Dust mites—a major allergy and asthma trigger—thrive in environments where the relative humidity exceeds 50%.
Damage to your home and furnishings. High humidity can lead to warping and damage to wood floors and trim. It can also get trapped in carpeting, furniture and drapes. Family heirlooms, like photos, may also be at risk.
Overcooling is a costly—and ineffective—solution.
Air that has too much humidity in it actually makes you
feel warmer. We’ve all heard the saying, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. That’s especially true in summer months when many homeowners make the mistake of overcooling their homes in an effort to mitigate high humidity. Not only do they end up expending more energy, they still can’t get comfortable because an air conditioner is not an effective dehumidifier.
Regardless whether you live in the North or in the South, excess humidity is a problem.
If you live in a northern climate, indoor humidity is especially pronounced in the summertime when the outdoor humidity is also high. You’re likely to notice it more in your basement, where moisture is easily trapped. Conversely, southern climates suffer from excess indoor humidity year-round, and may see a spike during winter months when it’s too cool for the air conditioner to run.
Maintaining an optimal relative humidity in the 45% to 50% range will reduce or eliminate:
- Dust mites – one of the leading contributors to allergies.
- Mold/Fungi – one of the leading pathogens inside the home.
- Asthma – one in nine people suffer asthma.
How De-humidification works…
An Whole Home Dehumidifier works independently to control your humidity and comfort on days or times when you don’t necessarily need cooling from your central air conditioner. It also works in conjunction with your central air conditioner to provide the most efficient humidity and comfort control in your home.
Several De-Humidification Solutions offered by Ray’s HVAC Include…
Interested in a Home De-Humidification Solution?
Get with the Indoor Air Comfort Specialists at Ray’s so we can recommend the best fit for your home. Schedule your FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION today by calling 812-423-7459 or Schedule Online!