In Maryland, humidity can make even a beautiful day feel oppressive. When you step outside, it can feel like stepping into a wall made of heat, unbearable even for the ten-second walk to the car. Inside often doesn’t feel much better, even if your air conditioning is working. You can feel sticky or clammy, making sleep seem impossible. A whole-house dehumidifier reduces humidity, prevents mold and mildew growth, allows you to breathe easier, and makes your home feel cooler.
In the summer, it’s tough to breathe in the muggy and humid Maryland air. That air eventually creeps into your home. A whole-house dehumidifier helps you achieve Whole-Home Comfort while decreasing the humidity at home.
Connected to your HVAC system, a dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air by pulling it through your home’s ductwork. Not only does it balance the humidity in the air, but it can make your house feel infinitely cooler.
However, only purchase a whole-house dehumidifier after you know what causes the humidity in your home. To do this, we recommend that homeowners schedule an energy audit – such as Minnick’s Energy Audit.
The audit tests your home’s performance. In addition, the energy auditor verifies adequate ventilation to reduce mold, mildew, and humidity.
If you live in a humid climate (such as those of us in the southern East Coast), you will notice certain issues that may arise in your home. Wood furniture, cabinetry, and flooring can all be affected by high humidity.
You should consider a whole-house dehumidifier, especially if your house has the following:
- mold and/or mildew-like growth;
- stuffy air;
- musty odors;
- sticky or sweaty floors;
- rotting wood;
- condensation on pipes; and
- wet stains on walls and ceilings.
Whole-house dehumidifiers can also help people who have allergies, especially those related to mold, bacteria, and dust mites – three of the most common indoor allergies. To avoid dust mite infestation (and to decrease your allergy symptoms) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that you keep your home’s humidity between 30-50%.
In addition, whole-house dehumidifiers can save energy, because less moisture in your home will reduce the strain on your air conditioner and help make your home feel cooler. This will, in turn, allow you to set your thermostat higher, which will ensure that your air conditioner runs less often, saving money on your utility bills.
Ask your Maryland HVAC repairman about a whole-house dehumidifier. It will reduce the humidity in your Montgomery and Howard County home.