The Importance of Home Dehumidification

One the major services that we provide for homes during the spring to help them prepare for the coming hot and humid weather is the installation whole-house dehumidifiers into HVAC systems. These dehumidifiers work in a way similar to a standard air conditioner: they use cold refrigerant run through a coil to absorb moisture from the air along with heat. However, to prevent dehumidifiers from interfering with the job of the air conditioners, they are designed to reheat the air after they have removed the excess moisture. With proper professional installation, a whole-house dehumidifier will create balanced relative humidity levels between 30% and 50%.

Why should a home have relative humidity between 30% and 50%?

During a summer in North Carolina, relative humidity frequently rises above 60%, which causes numerous problems for comfort, energy conservation, and health. Lowering the relative humidity below 50% helps prevent the following:

  • Discomfort: Because high moisture levels make it harder for the human body to release heat through perspiration, hot weather feels even hotter when the humidity is high. You’ll enjoy a far more pleasant home environment with balanced humidity.
  • High energy costs: Your home air conditioning system will not have to run as often if lower humidity helps keep the people indoors feeling cooler.
  • Building damage: Moisture in the air can inflict water damage in a home, and it also promotes wood rot and drywall-destroying mildew.
  • Health concerns: Humidity creates a fertile environment for the growth of molds that can release harmful spores into the air. Dehumidification will make life much easier for people who suffer from allergies and asthma.

A professionally-installed dehumidifier will also prevent the humidity levels from dropping below 30%, which will lead to a new set of comfort and health problems because of air that is too dry.

Contact Comfort Central, Inc. today to find out more about the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier. We service Brevard, NC and throughout Western North Carolina.

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