That heavy, damp feeling you feel all summer long isn’t from the heat, it’s from the humidity. Humidity is the amount of water in the air, and the higher the temperature, the more water the air can hold. That’s why a 90-degree day feels much more humid than a 70-degree day. The summers in Murphysboro, IL can be excruciatingly humid, and if you look for relief from the humidity inside your home, you might need a dehumidifier to help you out.
A whole house dehumidifier can help your air conditioner fight high humidity levels which can damage your home and lead to health issues. Keep comfortable this summer, and call Heartland Mechanical about a whole house dehumidifier today.
How Does a Whole House Dehumidifier Work?
Dehumidifiers work by filtering and cooling the air which turns the humidity inside into condensation. The condensation accumulates and turns into liquid that is collected in a tank. Individual room dehumidifiers need to have their tanks emptied, while a whole house dehumidifier drains into the sump pump.
Your home’s air conditioner should remove some of the humidity from the air, but if your air conditioner is older or too big for your house, it might not dehumidify your home effectively. That's when you might choose to invest in a whole house dehumidifier instead of installing a new air conditioning system.
Signs Your Home Needs a Whole House Dehumidifier
Many people opt for individual room dehumidifiers to just remove the moisture from their basements to prevent moisture from spreading, and you might think that's enough. However, if your home does not have a basement, or you notice the following issues in your home outside of your basement, you may want to consider a whole house dehumidifier:
Moisture and Condensation on the Inside of Your Windows
On a humid day, you may see condensation outside of your windows. That’s normal. It’s when you see accumulation of condensation inside your home is when it's an issue. This moisture can seep into your windows and ruin the seal, creating drafts into your home. If you see any moisture accumulation on windows or walls, get a rag and wipe it off immediately as moisture can accumulate and promote mold growth.
Hard to Get Comfortable
That sticky, heavy feeling that you feel outside during the humid summer months in Murphysboro, IL should stay outside of your home. If you feel still sticky inside when the air conditioning is running, then your home is suffering from high humidity. A high humidity level is usually considered above 60%.
Poor Ventilation in Bathroom and Kitchen Areas
Be sure to run your exhaust fans in your bathroom when you’re showering, and in the kitchen when you’re boiling water. Kitchens and bathrooms are often the most moist rooms in the house because this is where people use large quantities of water the most.
If you notice damp spots in your basements, try to mop them up if you can. Then, monitor the spots to see if they grow back. Because basements are below the ground, moisture from the dirt outside can sometimes seep in.
Mold loves to grow in dark, moist places. When you notice mold growing on walls, you’ll want to take care of it right away. Try to kill the mold with chemical cleaners, and then try to find the source of the mold.
Benefits of Whole House Dehumidifier Systems
If you’ve noticed moisture issues in your home, a whole house dehumidifier can stop the spread of moisture and make your home much more comfortable.
Eliminates Mold and Mildew Growth
Many times, if you see mold growing in your home, it's only the tip of the iceberg. If there is mold and mildew growing inside your walls, a whole house dehumidifier can help prevent mold from spreading more without replacing your drywall.
Lowers Humidity Levels
When you home is less humid, that sticky, heavy feeling goes away. You’ll notice that your home is now a safe retreat from the intense summer weather.
Saves on Energy Costs
When the humidity in your home is at the proper levels, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to dehumidify your home. This will save you on cooling costs in the long run.
Extends the Life of Your HVAC System
When your air conditioning unit has to work less hard to keep your home comfortable, it removes stress from the system. This relieved stress keeps your HVAC system healthy. Healthy systems tend to last longer than a strained, overworked system. So you may get more years out of your air conditioning unit when you have a whole house dehumidifier installed.
Trying to sleep on humid nights is the worst. Not only are you uncomfortable because all of the blankets are sticking to you, you don’t sleep as well overall. With less humidity in the house, your bed is a comfortable oasis again. You’ll notice a better night's sleep when you aren’t humid at night.
Call Heartland Mechanical for Dehumidifier Installation
Moisture in your home can promote mold growth, which can make you and your family sick. Mold spores can circulate throughout your HVAC system and cause headaches, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms. Some molds can be toxic or can make you incredibly sick. It’s good to stop mold growth and improve the comfort of your home with a whole house dehumidifier. The experienced technicians at Heartland Mechanical are here to help those in Murphysboro and Southern, Illinois with their home moisture and humidity problems. Call us today to see how a whole house dehumidifier could help you control high humidity levels in your home.