Indoor Air QualityAvoid High Humidity Levels This Summer

family outdoorsHere in Washington, we do not have the incredibly hot summer weather that they experience in other geographic regions throughout the country. It does still get plenty hot, though, and there is another factor that can tear down our comfort even further. This is the humidity level. If you think that keeping your home cool equates to keeping it comfortable, think again. In order to live in the true comfort that you deserve, you just may require the use of a dehumidifier in Snohomish, WA.

If so, we recommend that you opt for a whole-house dehumidifier. These systems have many benefits to offer over portable dehumidifiers, which we’ll detail further below. Just keep in mind that, unlike a portable or room dehumidifier, a whole-house dehumidifier is going to have to be professionally installed and maintained. These systems integrate directly into your HVAC system, which is quite convenient, but you need a pro to handle the services. That’s what our team is here for, so call today.

How It Works

A whole-house dehumidifier shares some traits in common with an air conditioner. However, its primary job is to remove moisture from the air, rather than to cool it. Conversely, an AC actually dehumidifies the air somewhat as it runs. However, its primary function is to cool the air, not to dry it out. You won’t use a dehumidifier to cool your home, and you won’t use an AC to dehumidify it. When paired together, though, you’ve got a recipe for comfort success.

Basically, warm and humid air is pulled over a cold coil in the dehumidifier. That causes moisture to be drawn out of the air. This collects on the coil, and is then drained into a reservoir or right out of the house. It’s just that simple! A dehumidistat prevents the system from drying out the air too much, while ensuring that it does so sufficiently.

Why Opt for a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

Portable dehumidifiers have their uses. However, they are not a great option for dehumidifying an entire house. You would likely have to invest in multiple units to do so effectively, or at least you’d be moving the unit around the house frequently. Plus, you’d have to drain the bucket in the unit frequently. A whole-house dehumidifier is more convenient, effective, and efficient. They are also quieter, too.

Why Opt for Dehumidification at All?

This is the real question, isn’t it? There are many reasons to dry out the air in your home to an appropriate humidity level. Wet, heavy air is uncomfortable and inhibits the evaporation of sweat, which is our bodies’ natural cooling process. Plus, dehumidifying the air helps to prevent the many issues that excessive moisture leads to. These may include any of the following.

  • The promotion of biological pollutant growth, including viruses, mold, and bacteria.
  • Wood rot throughout the house.
  • The warping of floorboards.
  • Issues with respiratory conditions.
  • Staining of walls and floors.
  • Musty odors.

If all of that sounds like something you’d like to avoid, just give us a call. We’re here to handle all of your Indoor Air Quality services.

Schedule service with the pros here at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.


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