With the amount of inclement weather we have been getting the past few years, along with the seemingly endless onslaught of hurricanes and tropical systems, living here can feel like being in a rainforest sometimes. Let’s face it: being inside a house where the floors feel sticky and the air feels damp and thick can be uncomfortable.
But aside from the discomfort that comes from living in an environment where the air seems to have an almost palpable thickness to it, too much humidity can potentially cause a variety of health issues. And considering that the importance of indoor air quality has come to the forefront since the start of the pandemic, it could be worthwhile to install a whole house dehumidifier.
All of us are spending more time at home than ever because of the pandemic, so why not be more comfortable? The systems we sell can quickly remove moisture from the air and reduce indoor air pollutants. Most have a dedicated fresh air intake that allows for a healthy air exchange, to drastically reduce or completely eliminate that stale, stagnant quality that closed-in systems can have.
A whole house dehumidifier can help to efficiently and effectively protect the home, creating a living space that is healthier and more comfortable. One of the coolest things (pardon the pun) about the advanced, whole-home systems we sell is that they are designed to integrate directly with the existing HVAC system. A few of the other key benefits include:
- Flexible options for installation,
- Dedicated fresh air intake,
- Outdoor air exhaust capable,
- Variety of products to match with specific home requirements, and
- Superior MERV-13 filtration.
For those who don’t know, MERV-13 filtration refers to the ability of an air filter to trap and collect large and small particles such as dust, allergens and microorganisms. Another common question we hear pertains to the use of the HVAC system to remove humidity and moisture from the air.
Many wonder: “Why isn’t it OK to just run the HVAC system more often to remove humidity?”
The issue is that energy efficient building techniques have reduced the need for air conditioners to run a lot, resulting in the need for dedicated dehumidification in homes. Overcooling to control relative humidity isn’t effective or economical, and in fact, it can actually lead to comfort and health issues.
Using a whole home dehumidifier can make HVAC systems function more effectively, resulting in a substantial cost savings. This is due to the fact that, during the summer months and other warm periods, a lot of the heat in the air is carried by the moisture. Removing the moisture helps make it so the HVAC system does not have to work as hard to create a comfortable indoor environment.
A few of the other common questions that we are often asked center on Energy Recovery Ventilators and Heat Recovery Ventilators. These were designed for use in the northern part of the country, to reduce humidity by using cold-climate ventilation strategies. Bringing outside air inside in an effort to reduce humidity is fine if it is cold outside or the air is dry, but if that is not the case, it can actually make things worse, increasing relative humidity. Ventilation tactics that work well in cold areas can backfire in a hot, humid climate, which is why it’s vital to work with a local expert, who can help you identify a strategy that is effective for your home and specific part of the country.
To schedule a consultation about installing a whole house dehumidifier, please call 910-791-0480, text 910-612-0052, or email [email protected]
Chris Jones and the team at Green Dot HVAC are committed to provide their clients with a consultative, transparent approach, driven by innovative technology and a diligent work ethic. With a team of highly trained and versatile technicians, a focus on helping clients make informed decisions, and a commitment to deliver substantial value, Green Dot HVAC is a leader in the Southeast North Carolina marketplace. To arrange a free at-home consultation, a repair/installation or simply find guidance about the nuances of modern heating and air conditioning systems, call 910-791-0480 or text 910-612-0052.