As a resident in the Metro-East area, you face muggy, hot summers that sometimes keep you from cooling off even with your A/C running full blast. In fact, certain improvements that homeowners obtain — such as effective vapor barriers and better insulation — can lead to excessive moisture in the home. What you need is a dehumidification system to lower the humidity level and increase the comfort in your home.
Whole-House vs. Portable Dehumidifiers:
A whole-house dehumidifier is an option that you can integrate into your existing central cooling and heating system. The unit can measure the moisture in the air and turn on when it recognizes that it has become too humid in your home. An optional ventilation damper can bring in air from outside to balance conditions throughout your home.
A portable dehumidification system can only provide a solution to your problem in one room or area of your home. They often require you to collect buckets of water that must be emptied each day, or even multiple times in a day. They are intrusive to your living space and run up to four times less efficiently than whole-house dehumidifiers.
You know that a dehumidifier is right for you if you have suffered from:
- Indoor mold
- Dust mite infestation
- Clammy skin
- Stuffy or musty air
- Condensation on your water pipes
- Stains from moisture on your walls or ceiling
- Allergies, most likely caused by the over-moist air encouraging the development of mold, bacteria, and dust mites
With an investment in a dehumidifier for your home in the humid Midwest, you will appreciate greater comfort, protection from mold growth, improved health and excellent energy savings. It’s clearly important to control the level of moisture in your home. For more information about your options and to schedule an appointment with a trustworthy HVAC company, contact Ernest Heating & Cooling today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.