Your home will feel most comfortable when your humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent. Any level higher than 60 percent may cause adverse effects in your northeastern Ohio home.
Here are some signs you may need a whole house dehumidifier:
Condensation regularly forms on the inside of your windows, even if they are newly installed and of good quality.
Metal fixtures or tools rust indoors, especially if they are in the basement.
You notice the growth of mold and mildew in various areas of your home, not just bathrooms. Clothing, linens, draperies and furniture may be affected by mold and mildew.
Family members may be coughing or wheezing more often due to low air quality.
The house feels stuffy or the air feels damp, even when the air conditioner is running.
In extreme cases, paint may peel from the walls. Wood trim and doors may become warped.
A home that is sealed too tightly may trap moisture inside, and that will raise the humidity level. If you have an unvented gas fireplace, it can also bring unwanted moisture inside your home and begin causing the problems above.
Here are a few ways you can reduce your indoor humidity level:
Run the bathroom fan every time you take a shower or bath, and leave it running for at least 10 minutes afterward.
While you are cooking, run a fan in the kitchen.
Open the windows for a few minutes every day. The open window will let fresh air in and humid air out.
Single-room dehumidifiers require constant attention with emptying water and changing filters. You may need more than one to lower the humidity level throughout your home. Running the air conditioner does bring the humidity level down, but that can get expensive over time. Also, it’s not effective to run the air conditioner when the outside air is cool and damp.
Your best bet for controlling your indoor humidity level is to install a whole house dehumidifier. This machinery hooks into your existing HVAC system and delivers properly humidified air to every room, all year long. Our technicians at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. are trained to install a whole house dehumidifier in your home.
We can install a maintenance-free system that empties water directly into a drain, so you won’t need to empty any buckets or canisters yourself. It is also self-regulated and will turn itself off when the air reaches a proper humidity level.
Using a whole house dehumidifier may help you feel cooler. In the summer, that means you can save money on your energy bill because you can set the thermostat a few degrees higher. Your air conditioner won’t have to run as often when it is working simply to cool the air, not dehumidify it at the same time.
A whole house dehumidifier will run more efficiently than individual humidifiers, and they can also help filter the air in your home. Ask us about the best system for your square footage, your budget, and your preferences.