Do you sometimes feel as though you are living in the middle of a swamp? Does your hair frizz to the point of looking like a hornet’s nest of entangled curls?
More than the number on your thermostat, the combination of heat and humidity can determine your comfort … or in the case of high humidity … your discomfort in the summer.
Air quality can suffer in many ways. High humidity is that clammy feeling on your skin that remains even when the temperature of the room is appreciably lower. Left unchecked, high humidity leads to moisture buildup that can create problems within the home, including stale air and musty odors, warped wood, peeling paint and mold. Daily activities, such as cooking, cleaning and showering can add as much as 25 pounds of moisture to your home.
In addition, your home can become a breeding ground for insects. Dust mites thrive and mold and mildew grow, which can trigger asthma and allergies
Another sign that a whole-house dehumidifier may be needed is when your air conditioner is struggling to create sufficient cool air.
Dehumidifiers range in size from portable, one-room units to whole-home solutions that tie into the home’s HVAC system. A portable dehumidifier may do the trick, but installing a whole house dehumidifier integrates directly with home heating system so that all the indoor air is dehumidified. The moisture that is removed from the air empties into a drain pipe to a sump pump, utility sink or to the outdoors.
Select a dehumidifier that can hold ten pints of water for a 500 sq.ft space. Add four pints of capacity for every additional 500 sq.ft. If you wish to dehumidify a 1,000-square-foot basement, you’d need a unit with a 14-pint capacity.
Be certain your dehumidifier is Energy Star-certified. These units use about 15% less energy than conventional units. That means a savings of about $175 over the life of the dehumidifier and avoids roughly 2,800 pounds’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.
Dehumidifiers improve indoor air quality by providing a continuous flow of fresh, dry air in the home. This results in an energy-efficient solution and keeps mold growth at bay all season long.
A whole-home dehumidifier from Aprilaire automatically extracts the right amount of humidity from the home. The Aprilaire Wi-Fi Thermostat provides simple, automatic control of excess moisture which allows for better monitoring and control of humidity. The system is quiet and requires just a simple annual filter cleaning to keep it well-maintained. If you are fortunate enough to have a Mitsubishi ductless heat pump system, then you have a dehumidifying mode option which will reduce moisture and add comfort.
Call Wilson Brothers today at 978-433-5373 to learn more about Aprilaire whole-home humidifiers and Mitsubishi Heat Pump Systems. Visit our website to find out how dehumidification means comfortable and healthy indoor air.
Winter is over and while you may not be ready to shut off your heating system for the year – May snowstorms do happen in Massachusetts – you should start making plans for the warm summer months by cleaning your HVAC system before you need to run it.
Regular maintenance will extend the lifespan of an HVAC system and save money. Over time, filters collect debris and the system will have to work harder to move air through the clogged filter. This wastes energy – energy that the homeowner will have to pay for – and may harm efficiency by as much as 25%. It also makes the system work harder, which can harm the system in the long run.
Unless a homeowner knows exactly what they are doing, they should consider having one of our technicians come in and perform an annual maintenance checkup. This can include some services that require special equipment, such as testing the system for air leaks that allow cool air to escape and drive down the system’s efficiency. Annual checkups are include in our VIP program, along with discounts and priority positioning for our 24 hour repair service.
Indoor air quality filters and the filters in dehumidifiers will also need to be checked as part of a spring cleaning course. This will maximize comfort within the home and help any residents or visitors with allergies. It can also help the system run as quietly as possible by keeping the system well lubricated and running with as little effort as needed.
By focusing on the annual clean up in the spring, homeowners can ensure their HVAC system will be ready to keep their home cool and comfortable by the time June rolls around. It will also keep the HVAC system running for as many years as possible while cutting down on energy costs.
About Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning Inc,
Your All-Season Comfort Specialists since 1987, Wilson Brothers HVAC has been the area’s first choice for the installation and repair of heating and cooling systems for homes like yours. We offer the highest rated, energy efficient, heating and cooling equipment available … all backed by our exclusive warranties and 24-hour emergency service.
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