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How a Whole-House Dehumidifier Can Benefit You

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South Carolina has a hot and humid climate that takes a toll on your air conditioner. When the humidity in your home is too high, your air conditioner has to work harder to keep you cool. An air conditioner does double duty of removing heat and humidity from the air and blowing out chilled air.

The combination of both actions keeps you cool. When humidity in your home is high, you may need a dehumidifier to dry out the air so your AC is more efficient. You may even find you can turn up the dial and stay as cool when the air is drier. Here are some signs of excess humidity in your home and how a dehumidifier can help.

Signs Your Home Has Too Much Moisture

Mold is the clearest sign you have a moisture problem in your home. Mold might grow in the most humid areas of your home like the bathrooms, but it can grow anywhere. All mold needs is the ideal temperature, moisture, and a food source such as drywall, and the mold will spread throughout your home.

Along with mold comes a musty odor. You may notice the odor and not even see mold if it is hidden from view. High humidity can cause wood to warp too. You may notice this problem in your wood furniture or your wood flooring. Your floors might also start to creak when you walk on them.

Another sign of too much humidity and moisture in your home is bugs. You may start seeing silverfish hiding inside stacks of papers or magazines. Roaches might infest your home too, and more bugs might come in to eat other bugs.

While you can probably guess that the humidity in your home is too high by the way you sweat and your home's odor, one way to tell is to have the air tested. You can even do this yourself with a simple hygrometer which measures relative humidity. Ideally, the humidity level should be around 50 percent.

If the humidity level is over 60 percent, check into having a dehumidifier installed to dry out your home. But first, you'll need to find out why the humidity is so high.

Causes of High Humidity in Your House

Your home may be too humid simply due to the extreme humidity in the air outdoors. However, if another cause is to blame, you need to fix the problem rather than rely on a dehumidifier alone. For example, if you have a roof leak or a slow plumbing leak, those problems should be fixed to prevent costly water damage to your house.

A clothes dryer can add humidity to your home too, so the dryer should be vented outdoors. Even your shower can cause humidity that makes mold grow in your bathroom. Installing a vent might help this problem. You may find the humidity in your home is worse in the summer due to the increasing humidity outdoors, and that's when a dehumidifier can help dry the air and keep you cool.

Dehumidifiers in Your Home

A whole-house dehumidifier is connected to your home's ventilation system. The air passes through the dehumidifier on one side and the appliance pulls out the moisture and drains it outdoors. Filtered, drier air comes out the other side and circulates back through your house.

The dehumidifier works on auto-pilot so all you have to do is change the filter when it's needed. You can choose a dehumidifier size based on the amount of water it is capable of removing from your home in a 24-hour period. Your HVAC technician can help you choose the right size and install the equipment so your home has drier air without making the home too dry.

Drier air helps keep you cooler, reduces odor in your home, and it may even help with your allergies by controlling dust mites. If you want drier, cooler air, call After Hours Heating & Cooling, LLC., and we'll determine if a dehumidifier is the solution for your home.