Benefits of a whole-house dehumidifier

Submitted by Haller Enterprises

When walking outside on a hot summer day you might feel like you're walking into a wall of heat. It's the days when the humidity is so high that it is unbearable to even walk to your car. Now think about how humidity feels in your home. It makes you feel sticky, creating an uncomfortable living environment. A humid home can cause trouble sleeping as well as mildew and musty odors in your home.

One solution for a humid home is to install a whole-house dehumidifier. A whole-house dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air delivering fresh, filtered air.This product works as part of your home's heating and cooling system and pulls air from every room in your house through the return ducts. It works to efficiently balance the humidity levels in your home. It can also work independently on cooler days when you don't need the air conditioner but humidity levels may still be high.

In addition to discomfort, there are health risks associated with a humid home. Humidity is a breeding ground for mildew. Along with mildew, humid air can create problems for people with allergies. Moist air can encourage the growth of bacteria and dust mites. Dust mites are one of the most common causes of home allergies. Installing a whole-house dehumidifier will discourage the growth of mildew and other home allergens, creating a space in which it is easier to breathe.

A common misconception is that your air conditioner doubles as a dehumidifier. An air conditioner is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a result of cooling. In the spring and fall seasons, when your air conditioner is turned off, you may feel like your home is cool inside, but still damp. A dehumidifier helps keep a nice balance all year long.

Along with feeling comfortable in your home, you can realize savings on your energy usage as well. Less moisture in your home reduces the strain on your air conditioner and allows you to set your thermostat higher and run your air conditioner less often.

Serving the central Pennsylvania region since 1981, Haller Enterprises provides a full range of plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical and water conditioning services for residential and commercial customers.

As of Sept. 16, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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