April showers bring May flowers…or so they say. But that’s not all they bring to the table! It’s widely known that the spring season brings wet, damp weather conditions to every region, no matter where you reside. So, what does this mean for you exactly? Well, with increased humidity levels outdoors, indoor air quality will also be negatively affected. And with a higher moisture level inside of your home, also comes a plethora of problems. Of course, April is still a month away, but it would be wise to start planning for the early spring. So, join Beavercreek Heating & Cooling as we discuss the ins and outs of whole-home humidifiers.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS YOUR HOME NEEDS A WHOLE-HOME DEHUMIDIFIER?
An excellent way to discern whether your home could benefit from a whole-home dehumidifier or not is to look for these signs:
- There is a musty or unpleasant odor.
- There is mold or mildew growth on your walls, ceilings, or elsewhere.
- There are water stains on your walls, ceilings, or elsewhere.
- There are consistent damp areas and condensation inside of your home (I.e., on your walls, windows, doors, or furniture.)
- There is moisture in your basement.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A WHOLE-HOME DEHUMIDIFIER?
First, let’s talk about the health benefits of utilizing a whole-home dehumidifier in your home. As you likely already know, when moisture levels are unusually high in a home, this creates the perfect environment for indoor pollutants like mold and mildew to grow. Therefore, if you are struggling with raised moisture levels in your home, your health is the number one benefactor of a whole-home dehumidifier. Poor indoor air quality (also known as IAQ) can take a toll on your health. Furthermore, for those who already suffer from respiratory-related issues like asthma, for example, using a dehumidifier can provide relief and alleviate symptoms.
Another added benefit of using a whole-home dehumidifier is the preservation of your house and belongings. If you have been dealing with damp, unregulated air quality for a while, then your home may be subject to ruin from mold and mildew growth and warping and moisture damage. By installing a whole-home dehumidifier, you halt the humidity in its tracks and bring back a balance to the air quality within your home.
Lastly, believe it or not – dehumidifiers can also reduce energy bills. Although Ohio is not known to be a particularly humid area, we understand that every home’s IAQ is different and can vary based on several factors. Perhaps you have an older home that struggles with raised humidity levels in the spring and summer. Then a whole-home dehumidifier just may be the answer for you! An HVAC system’s main purpose in the warmer months is to keep your home nice and cool. So, suppose a dehumidifier is utilized to balance the humidity levels in your home. In that case, this will alleviate the stress placed on your HVAC system, allowing it to perform its primary function without over-exerting energy, ultimately saving energy and money in the end.
DO WHOLE-HOME DEHUMIDIFIERS REQUIRE A LOT OF MAINTENANCE?
The great thing about whole-home dehumidifiers is that they do not require much maintenance. So, all in all, they can be great additions to your home without requiring extra time and effort on your part. Once whole-home dehumidifiers are installed, they will work together with your HVAC system to provide cleaner, drier air and optimum indoor air quality. The best part is that your HVAC technician can include your whole-home dehumidifier in your yearly safety checks for your HVAC system, making upkeep and maintenance much easier for you as a homeowner.
If you feel a whole-home dehumidifier might be a good fit for your home, the best thing to do is to give us a call. We would be more than happy to review the best options for your specific home and needs. You can reach Beavercreek Heating & Cooling today at (937) 708-8527, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!