If your home is plagued by an excess of humidity, then you may want to consider installing a whole house dehumidifier.
The smaller, mobile units can be useful if the problem is localized to just one room, but if you want consistent comfort throughout the entire house than a centralized unit that works with your HVAC system may be the answer.
How a Whole House Dehumidifier Works
The whole house dehumidifier works in the same manner as the portable ones. Air is sucked in, the moisture is removed, and then redistributed back out into the home. The major difference is that the centralized unit allows for the dehumidified air to be passed through the duct work so that the entire house can benefit from it. They are also able to remove a higher percentage of moisture than the smaller units.
Benefits of a Whole House Dehumidifier
There are many benefits to having a whole house dehumidifier installed in your home. For one, they require very little maintenance on your part. It is piped directly into your existing drainage system so there is no longer any need to empty trays of water. Once it is installed you can just turn it on and let it do its job.
Another plus is that they will not disrupt your living space. Instead of an unsightly unit taking up space in the middle of your family room, it will now be tucked away out of sight along with the rest of your heating and cooling system. The entire system is automated and can be programmed with your digital thermostat. Once you find a level that the entire family is comfortable with you will be able to control that consistently with no problem.
The Potential Problems of High Humidity
The major problem with a home affected by high humidity is mold. Anywhere where there is an excess of water is a potential breeding ground for the spores. If you have a basement in your home than you are well aware of the problems associated with a high humidity level. With a centralized whole house dehumidifier that wet air will be replaced with dry air, eliminating mold growth and that musty smell that could be present.
Besides a basement, high humidity can also cause problems with the rest of the home. Anywhere that moisture can collect can become home to mold. This includes water pipes, floors and carpet. Even the inside of the walls can see a build-up of humid air that will allow mold growth. Installing a whole house dehumidifier will help eliminate all of these problems in your house.
Installing a Whole House Dehumidifier
If you have any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with a representative from Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998. We will be happy to come out to your home, inspect it, and tell you whether investing in one of these units is the right choice for you. The installation is not a do-it-yourself project and should only be handled by a certified HVAC technician who has had prior experience with them. Once it is installed you will be amazed at how quietly and effortlessly they seem to work to make your home comfortable for the entire family.