Why Do I Need a Whole-Home Dehumidifier?
Did you know that everyday activities like bathing, cooking, working out, and cleaning can add as much as 25 pounds of moisture to an average home? Basements and crawl spaces can greatly increase the amount of moisture being added if you have hydro-static pressure coming through foundation walls. Improperly air sealed ducts also contribute to condensation in crawl spaces, unfinished basements, garages, and attics.
Best Way to Control Humidity
The most effective and efficient way to remove excess humidity from your home is with a whole home dehumidifier.
According to the Department of Energy "Building America Case Study" a whole home dehumidifier (WHD) is the best way to not only improve comfort but reduce utility costs.
By using a WHD to control moisture levels (latent cooling) and optimizing a central AC to control temperature (sensible cooling), improvements in comfort can be achieved while reducing utility costs.
In addition to enhanced comfort, controlling moisture to these levels can reduce the risk of other potential issues such as mold growth, pests, and building component degradation. Click here to read study.
High Humidity Can Raise Energy Costs
Your heating and air conditioning system is great affected by high humidity. It also distributes moist air from wet areas of the home to drier areas that may create unhealthy situations.
Integrate Whole Home Dehumidifier with Traditional AC System
When you integrate a WHD with a new HVAC system or retrofit with a system already installed, it can provide better indoor comfort conditions. This is even more noticeable in spring and fall months when your AC may not run but humidity is still high.
Cooling the Air is Difficult in Humid Homes
Part of the AC cooling process is the removal of humidity. The optimal humidity for most air conditioning systems to perform properly is below 60%.
Perceived Air Temperature
In the summer the temperature set point on the thermostat and the perceived air temperature can vary as much as 11 degrees. We commonly call this the heat index.
Heat index is a measure indicating the level of discomfort you feel as a result of temperature and humidity of the air. If your home has a high relative humidity, you feel hotter.
The opposite is true in the winter months. Cold air mixed with high humidity feels colder because high humidity in cold weather increases the conduction of heat from the body.