Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifier’

The Science Behind Humidity

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Homeowners know a lot about temperature control and the seasonal changes in their area, but they know much less about humidity than we’d like. Humidity is one of the largest contributors to comfort issues and frustration with a poorly performing air conditioner. That’s why we’d like to take time today to talk about humidity and where it fits on the grand scale of comfort and temperature.

Are you dealing with poor humidity in your home? Could you use a whole-home dehumidifier? Whether or not you know the answer to that question off the top of your head, we can help figure this out by providing some details about what exactly humidity does and how it can affect your comfort.

Trust us, once you know a little bit more about humidity, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about what your home could use to combat humidity problems.

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Why Excessive Humidity Is a Problem

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Westlake, dehumidifier technology is often as important as air conditioning technology in keeping your home comfortable. Relative humidity can be a killer in the summertime, and while your air conditioning unit can help, it can’t always do the job alone. Here’s a quick breakdown on why excessive humidity is a problem, and how air conditioners sometimes need a little help in dealing with it.

Humidity basically measures the amount of moisture in the air, which has a direct impact on our body’s ability to keep cool. When we heat up, we sweat, and the moisture on our skin evaporates into the air: making it feel cooler than it is. That helps keep the body’s temperature down and helps us feel comfortable. When the humidity is too high, however, the moisture produced by our sweat has nowhere to go. We don’t stay cool, the sweat stays on our skin and we end up feeling soaked and gross. Generally speaking, the relative humidity needs to be between 30% and 50% for us to feel comfortable. Otherwise, it gets a little muggy.

Air conditioners help with that as they cool the air in their system. The act of lowering the temperature causes the ambient moisture to solidify as beads of condensate in the system. The condensate drips into a pan, which can then be carried out of the system via a drain line. That helps lower the humidity and keep your home more pleasant. But the energy spent doing that detracts from the air conditioner’s ability to lower the temperature, and if it removes too much moisture, it could overflow the pan and short out electrical components in the AC.

That’s where a dehumidifier can help: taking the load off of the air conditioner and keeping your home dry and comfortable. Dehumidifier systems and other indoor air quality products in Westlake can be installed by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll explain why excessive humidity is a problem, then work with you to find the right combination of components to make your home as cozy as it can be. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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Is a Whole House Dehumidifier a Good Investment?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

High humidity inside a home can create problems throughout the year; it isn’t only relegated to summer. Depending on where you live, winter can present some extreme problems with moisture entering your home. Some level of dehumidifying is a good idea for most homeowners.

An air conditioning system helps to remove moisture from the air through condensing excess water moisture along the indoor coil. However, an AC is a limited source for dehumidifying, and you certainly won’t want to use it during cold weather. In some situations, the best way to tackle damp air in your home is through the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier in your HVAC system.

This job requires professionals to properly select and size the unit and then fit it into your current system. To consult with Rocky River, OH dehumidifier service experts, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We carry and install top quality brands of humidity control devices.

When a Whole-House Dehumidifier Makes Good Sense

Not every home needs to have a dehumidifier installed, but you should consider one if any of the below is true:

  • You have difficulty with comfort during summer: If your air conditioning seems unable to cool you down enough in warm weather—and the problem isn’t from the AC—excess humidity in the air may be responsible. High moisture levels in the air slow down how fast our skin perspires, and this means we are unable to release enough heat to cool down. This causes us to feel warmer than the actual temperature. A whole-house dehumidifier will make the heat of summer easier to bear.
  • Your house has trouble with mold and mildew growth: High moisture levels promote the growth of mold and mildew. Both release spores that are detrimental to your health, and they also destroy construction material. Reducing humidity cuts off their growth at the source.
  • There’s an increase in other ailments in your house: High humidity allows dust mites to thrive, which pose a danger similar to mold and mildew. Excess humidity can trigger asthma and allergies and allow for the rapid spread of illnesses. You should consider a dehumidifier if you’ve noticed an increase in illness along with higher humidity.

If you are in need of indoor air quality service in Rocky River, OH such as installing a dehumidifier, give us a call today and set up an appointment. Along with installation of dehumidifiers, our technicians also handle repairs and maintenance; they will make sure your whole-house dehumidifier keeps working its best for you.

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