Managing Indoor Humidity Levels
IT’S NOT THE HEAT
Is there anything worse than that sticky, uncomfortable humid feeling? Humidity is not only icky for us, it’s potentially damaging for your house. High levels of humidity in the home contribute to mold issues and overall quality of air in the home, creating odors, mustiness, and other unwanted conditions.
Most people expect their air conditioners to take care of humidity. At Holt Plumbing & Heating, however, we’ve noticed that many of the ACs in our area are oversized so they often don’t run long enough to substantially pull the humidity levels down in a home. A whole house de- humidifier is a good option to add to your current system without having to replace your air conditioner.
WHY WHOLE HOUSE DE-HUMIDIFIERS HAVE GAINED POPULARITY
A whole house de-humidifier is a completely separate operation from your air conditioner, so it continues to work even after your air conditioner is off. It has a remote de-humidistat that you can install right next to your thermostat in a common place instead of built into the unit in your basement. This is convenient but also important because the de-humidistat is equipped with a sensor that the de-humidifier has to satisfy, meaning you’re controlling the humidity levels in the space you want most comfort, not just in the basement area.
Another attractive feature of a whole house de-humidifier is when connected to your existing ductwork, there’s no tray of water to continuously drain, it’s piped to your floor drain. And, it’s capacity to pull an average of 90-120 pints of moisture from the air/per day (evenly throughout your home), compared to portal units that pull an average of 50-70 pints of moisture per day, only from the space the unit is sitting in.
There are different size options depending on the size of home you have. An assessment by a professional would be able to tell you which size best fit your home.
Humidity can be a big problem, not just for your house, but for the people who live in it. Air Conditioners sometimes don’t do enough. If that’s the case, it’s probably time to look into whole house de-humidifier, a great option to beat the heat.
James from Holt has been servicing/repairing our geothermal system for several years now and we have always found him to be knowledgeable, competent and professional. We purchased a property with an existing geothermal system and James has helped us along the learning curve of understanding our system.Jon Jacobson