High humidity can be a problem in many environments. It causes damage to your home, worsens a number of health problems, and is just plain uncomfortable. So, it’s important for you to take it seriously and install a dehumidifier. Proper humidity control is something that takes very little time or money to maintain, but it will have a huge impact on your home’s indoor comfort level.
G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric is a leader in humidity control and indoor comfort. Our Seattle metropolitan area dehumidifier technicians have worked closely with many homeowners to get high humidity under control and to stop the negative effects of a poorly controlled indoor environment on furniture, equipment and the health of occupants.
Dehumidifying in Fall City when necessary is a great idea because too much humidity can do a lot of damage to a home. Too much humidity can harm electronic devices, cause metal objects to rust and then turn to mold. This mold and humidity can also harm your health in the long run.
The Risks of High Humidity
The first thing that high humidity does is cost you money. When humidity rises, so too does the heat in the air. It’s harder to remove heat from indoor air and control the temperature inside when humidity is too high, meaning your air conditioner will have to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature. That humidity also has a negative impact on your home comfort equipment, causing an increase in service calls and requiring replacement much sooner.
Besides costing you money, humidity puts your health at greater risk. Because humidity can cause an increase in many indoor air contaminants like dust mites and mold, most people have a harder time with allergies and asthma when humidity is high.
However, when humidity is kept low – usually below 50% – neither dust mites nor mold will grow easily. So, you won’t need to worry about those risks nearly as much. Of course, when mold spores get bad enough or if bacteria begin to grow out of control in your indoor air, it can affect anyone, not just those with health problems.
Finally, there is the damage that humidity does to your home. Over time, high humidity can cause your furniture and fixtures to swell and become damaged. Floor boards, attic beams, and window frames are all at risk of swelling, which not only harms them, but creates gaps that can ruin the insulation and weather stripping you’ve implemented to save money.
The first step in choosing a dehumidifier is to find one that provides coverage for your entire home. A technician can provide accurate measurements of how many square feet need to be covered and how high the humidity levels in your region get. Additionally, your dehumidifier should work in tandem with your existing home comfort system. If you want it to cover your entire home it should work with your duct work and a circulating air supply. Alternately, you can have multiple smaller units installed in different rooms of your house.
Whatever you decide, call G & S today and learn how we can help you take control of the humidity levels in your home. Our experts regularly work closely with Puget Sound area homeowners to not only better control home humidity levels, but to also ensure they stay comfortable throughout the year, regardless of the conditions outside.