Benefits of Whole House Dehumidifiers

Posted on: March 28, 2011

Do you love throwing the windows open in the spring but hate that sticky humidity that comes in with the warmer air? Your air conditioner may provide dehumidification during the hotter summer months, but you don’t want to run your AC in April and May – you want to enjoy the perfect temperatures outside! Don’t let concerns about moisture in the air keep you from enjoying the breeze – instead, consider installing a whole house dehumidifier in your home! Whole house dehumidifiers automatically sense excess levels of humidity in the air and remove it – many whole house dehumidifiers can remove as much as 17 gallons of moisture per day or more!

What are the benefits of whole house dehumidifiers?

Just like a humidifier puts moisture back in the air, preventing dry lips, dry skin and dry furniture during the winter furnace season, dehumidifiers work to keep the air comfortable during the spring and summer. Installing a dehumidifier provides a number of benefits, including:

Installing a dehumidifier can improve your home’s indoor air quality – in addition to making the air in your home feel sticky and muggy, excessive humidity creates the perfect environment for dust mites, mold and mildew to thrive. Mold, mildew and dust mites can all exacerbate allergies and asthma symptoms. For best results, set your dehumidifier so it keeps the humidity in your home between 30% – 50%.

Installing a dehumidifier can make your home feel cooler – have you ever heard someone talk about how “it’s 90 F, but that’s all dry heat?” What they mean is the lack of humidity makes the air feel cooler even if it’s hot outside – think Arizona heat instead of Maryland or Washington, DC heat. Installing a dehumidifier can make your home feel cooler by pulling heat-retaining moisture out of the air.

Installing a dehumidifier can save you energy – the EPA estimates that for every one degree that you increase your thermostat setting during the summer, you can reduce your air conditioning costs by 3%. Going along with the last point (dehumidifiers help the air feel cooler), dehumidifiers allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher during the summer, helping you save energy!

Installing a dehumidifier can prevent condensation – just like dew collects on the grass on spring and summer mornings, condensation can collect on the insides of your pipes and windows. A dehumidifier can eliminate this condensation, which could otherwise lead to mold and mildew growth and a whole host of other indoor air quality problems.

If you want to install a whole house dehumidifier in Maryland or Washington, DC, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!