Dehumidifier Installation & Repair in Champaign, IL
How Do Whole House Dehumidifiers Work?
A whole house dehumidifier works by reducing the humidity by pulling moisture from the air. It is installed typically in a basement or a crawl space and works in conjunction with your home’s heating and cooling system. The warm air is pulled into the system through the return ductwork into the dehumidifier where it is cooled. This process converts the humidity to condensation. As the condensation accumulates, it is stored in a tank that must be emptied or drained into your home’s sump pump.
These units offer a more comprehensive solution to moisture control compared to portable units that can only service one room at a time. Whole house dehumidifiers can be installed in newly constructed homes or can be added to any current HVAC system.
Benefits of Whole House Dehumidifier Systems
You might think a dehumidifier is unnecessary. But many of our customers love their dehumidifiers for more than just comfort reasons. Here are some of the benefits of having a dehumidifier installed in your home:
Eliminates Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew loves moist, warm air. If you’ve noticed mold growing in bathrooms or kitchens of your home, a dehumidifier can help prevent it from growing further. Mold spores can irritate allergy symptoms and cause health problems. If you see mold, it’s best to address it right away before it grows and causes damage to your home.
Lowers Humidity Levels
Your home’s humidity should be between 30%-50%. If the air in your home is too humid, it could cause moisture issues and general discomfort. Basements especially are known to be moist and can cause things to rot if the moisture spreads. A dehumidifier can help get your home to the proper humidity levels and eliminate damp areas in your home.
Saves on Energy Costs
On extremely humid days, your cooling system has to work extra hard to get the temperature down. Adding a whole house dehumidifier will help remove the moisture from the air so your cooling system won’t have to work as hard, saving you on your cooling costs.
Extends the Life Of Your HVAC System
When you run as fast as you can, you often can’t run for very long. The same is true for your air conditioner. While it’s built to last and run for long periods of time, extra stress from high humidity can burn it out faster. Because a dehumidifier fights the humidity, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. The less stress you put on your HVAC system, the longer it will last.
Humid air can make you feel sticky and uncomfortable, even with the air conditioning on. This can cause disruptions in sleep. Too much humidity can also promote growth for allergens that can bother your nose and throat while you sleep, causing you to wake up coughing or sneezing. When humidity levels are right, you’ll sleep better and feel better.
Signs You Need a Whole House Dehumidifier
Homeowners should consider buying a whole house dehumidifier if they have an older air conditioner, an air conditioner that can’t keep up, or no air conditioning at all. A dehumidifier will help extend the life of your HVAC system if it’s older. If you have no air conditioning in your home, a dehumidifier can still help you find some relief in hot summer months.
If you’ve ever noticed moisture accumulation on surfaces or windows inside your home, that’s a clear sign that your home is too humid. This moisture, if left untreated, can cause paint to flake, wallpaper to peel, and wooden furniture and floors to rot. Having excessive moisture in your home can be similar to water damage in that it can be very difficult and expensive to fix.
Homes that are susceptible to mold growth or have had mold growth in the past, can really benefit from adding a dehumidifier to the cooling system. When you see mold growing on your walls, there is a fear that it’s growing in more places that you can’t see it. Mold damage can make it difficult to sell your home in the future. Stop mold from growing anymore so it’s easier to manage. If you have seasonal allergies, a dehumidifier can prevent your home from being a hotbed of allergens.
Call Edelman for Dehumidifier Installation Service
The indoor air quality experts at Edelman are here to help you solve moisture problems in your home. Call Edelman Inc. today to learn more about whole house dehumidifiers and other indoor air quality solutions to keep your home a comfortable and healthy environment.