Heating and cooling tend to get all the attention when we think about indoor conditions. But humidity levels are also critical and getting it to the ideal range of 30-50% isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need the right equipment to help.
Here are ways to ensure that your home has just the right amount of moisture.
Too Much Moisture: Dehumidify
Too Much humidity promotes the growth of mold, pathogens and allergens. It also causes damage to your home’s structure and walls.
In general, summer is the season of high humidity. If you have an air conditioning unity, this already provides dehumidification as part of its process. But if you have high humidity even when it’s not hot, or if you don’t want an air conditioner but still need dehumidification you can use a dehumidifier.
There are two main types of dehumidifier: refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers. Refrigerant dehumidifiers use the same technology that air conditioners use, while desiccant dehumidifiers absorb moisture from the air. Since refrigerant dehumidifiers are typically used for homes, you’ll probably need this type.
The first thing you need to do is figure out the best place for your dehumidifier. You can get a small unit to take care of a problem area like your basement or kitchen. If your humidity issues are more widespread, then a whole-house dehumidifier is your best bet.
Too Dry: Humidify
Air that is too dry can leave you susceptible to colds and flus by drying out your nasal passage. It also contributes to static which can damage sensitive electronic equipment.
Dry air is often associated with colder weather but some climates are dry year-round. Regardless of where you are, dry indoor air is a problem that can be solved with a humidifier.
You have two main options for a humidifier system: whole house or individual room. The option that takes care of your entire home is installed close to your furnace and injects steam into your supply duct. Depending on your home, this may cause excessive moisture in certain areas.
If you want more individual control, a small humidifier that injects moisture into a room will allow your moisture-prone areas to stay dry while you get the right humidity levels elsewhere. This is a great option for bedrooms that get too dry.
If you have humidity problems and need tighter control of your home's moisture levels, give Advantage a call and we can help you get it right.