We offer several indoor air quality services for our customers and one of the most important is installing and servicing whole-house dehumidifiers. If you don’t have a dehumidifier in your house or you use a portable unit, we highly recommend you consider getting a whole-house dehumidifier installed.
It’s a straightforward installation for our technicians: we’ll determine the right-sized unit for your home’s needs and then integrate it into your heating and cooling system. We’ll explain why a whole-house dehumidifier is a great home addition, as well as share several good dehumidifier tips for Panama City, FL life.
The main reason most people want a whole-house dehumidifier is to improve their comfort during warm weather. Florida has extremely humid conditions and high humidity makes hot weather feel even hotter. This is because humidity makes it harder for your skin to release heat through moisture, which traps more heat in your body so you feel hotter. With a dehumidifier working for you, you’ll feel 8°F cooler on average in your house.
Save on Energy
Feeling hotter means you’ll need to run your air conditioning system for longer to feel the comfort you want. ACs suck up large amounts of electrical power, and any way you can reduce how much you use your AC will translate into energy savings. You may need to run your AC only half as much thanks to a whole-house dehumidifier keeping your entire home feeling more comfortable.
Stop Mold and Mildew Growth
Humid areas attract the growth of mold and mildew in a home. Both can be destructive to building materials in your house, especially wood and drywall. Some types of mold are significant health hazards because they can release toxic spores into the air. With a whole-house dehumidifier, you’ll eliminate one of the major sources of mold and mildew growth.
Whole-house dehumidifiers are much more convenient than using smaller portable models. You don’t have to lug the unit from one location to another as you need it. Whole-house dehumidifiers are built into your existing HVAC system: all the air that circulates through the system will go through dehumidification and spread to all the rooms. Whole-house dehumidifiers also work in conjunction with your AC so the two won’t make the house too dry.
Tips for Using Your Dehumidifier
When using your dehumidifier, make sure you know what the best humidity level is. You want to battle high humidity, but you don’t want to dry out the air too much. Dry air creates its own set of problems. You want to have the relative humidity setting at 50% or below, and we recommend keeping it at 45%. Don’t go below 30%.
When running the dehumidifier, make sure that all windows and doors are closed so the dehumidifier can work at better efficiency. You’ll need to have the dehumidifier maintained regularly: you can schedule this as part of your regular HVAC maintenance. Our technicians will clean out the unit and ensure it works at its best.
You can rely on Parker Services, Inc for your home comfort needs, including whole-house dehumidifiers. Comfort’s just a call away!