Choosing a Whole House Dehumidifier
June 27, 2014
Experts agree that the inside humidity of your home should hover somewhere around 35%.
For some people, moisture inside the house is a problem creating a great deal of humidity. This could lead to the formation of spores and mold in the home which could create a significant health problem. If high moisture is affecting your indoor air quality, speak to your local St. Louis HVAC company about the possibility and benefits of a whole house dehumidifier.
Installing a Whole House Dehumidifier
While it is true that you could purchase several stand alone dehumidifiers and place them around the house, installing a whole house dehumidifier makes more sense. For one, it can be installed as part of your existing HVAC system, using the same duct work to pull moisture from the air. You can also control its function from a programmable digital thermostat and keep it running during the times you need it the most.
Benefits of a Whole House Dehumidifier
Overall, the whole house dehumidifier will be more cost effective than using several units. Portable dehumidifiers are known to be energy suckers, requiring a lot of electricity to keep them running. Plus, without the benefit of a thermostat, they run continuously, even if the humidity level in the room is ideal. A whole house dehumidifier will shut off automatically once your desired level is met. A whole house dehumidifier is also virtually maintenance free in comparison with the portable units. All that is required is the typical yearly maintenance check and cleaning that your typical HVAC is getting now.
The Cost of a Whole House Dehumidifier
Of course, for many homeowners, the downside to a whole house dehumidifier is the initial cost of the unit along with the installation. Depending on the size and type of a whole house dehumidifier you could be looking at a big investment. It is well worth it though if your home is plagued by spores and mold from a high moisture content.
Some homeowners face the opposite dilemma, where the air inside the home is too dry. This is particularly bothersome in the winter when forced hot air can eliminate any moisture. Air that is too dry can also be harmful to your family, carrying harmful viruses and bacteria that will make them sick. If your home is too dry, then instead of a whole house dehumidifier, you can opt for a humidifier. These also work with your existing HVAC system and digital programmable thermostat to create the optimal indoor climate in your home. There is little maintenance required and the cost of purchasing and installing one is well worth the alternative of portable units.
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