Feeling the effects of excess humidity in your home? Call in the professionals at Green Horizon One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. We specialize in the installation of whole-home dehumidifiers throughout the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Common Indications You May Need A Dehumidifier
There’s no doubt that North Carolina summers can be very humid. When that moist air gets trapped in your home, the effects on your health, your home, and your belongings can be significant. If you have noticed some of the following in your home, you may want to consider adding a whole-home humidifier to your heating and air conditioning systems:
- Musty smells, especially in the basement
- Evidence of rotting wood
- Condensation in your windows
- Moisture stains or mildew forming on ceilings or walls
- An overall feeling of stuffiness in the air
- Persistent allergy symptoms
Allergies and humidity
Bacteria, mold, and mildew particularly thrive in excessively humid places. Damp areas in your home, such as the basement or the cabinet below the kitchen sink, are most susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew. Mold sensitivity is a common allergy and those who suffer from it can experience nasal congestion, sneezing and wheezing, or skin and eye irritation from exposure to mold spores.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that the most effective way to curb mold growth in your home is through moisture control and suggests an indoor relative humidity of between 30 and 60%.
Dust mites are another common source of allergy symptoms. Millions of Americans experience itchy watery eyes, sneezing and asthma symptoms because of dust mites in their homes. Dust mites, like mold, need warmth and humidity to survive, preferring humidity levels of 75 to 80%.
Adding a dehumidifier to your heating and air conditioning system
Not only will a dehumidifier help control the negative health effects of airborne mold and other allergens, it will also help to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Since humid air tends to hold on to heat more than dry air, your AC has to work that much harder to cool it.
A whole-home dehumidifier can be easily installed to work with existing heating and air conditioning systems. It will remove some of the air’s moisture as it circulates through the ducts. Unlike portable dehumidifiers, these will work to improve the air for the entire home, and never need to be emptied the way some smaller units do.
When you place your trust in Green Horizon One Hour for the installation of your dehumidifier, you will be safeguarding the health of your family and protecting your belongings, all the while reducing your overall energy consumption.