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

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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Dehumidifiers Keep Mugginess Down in Your Home

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

high-humidity-levelsHeat is always a concern during the summer months, when you need your air conditioner to work every day as expected to keep your household comfortable. But Ohio brings an extra wrinkle to the equation every summer: high levels of humidity, which can create that manky gross feeling in your home and cause all kinds of other problems to boot.

Air conditioners can deal with the problem to a certain extent, but they’re not set up to handle high humidity levels the way a whole-house dehumidifier can. Now is an excellent time to install one in your home, before the summer begins in earnest.

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Look into a Dehumidifier This Summer

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Westlake, OH routinely deals with high temperatures in the summer, which is why we put so much emphasis on making sure your air conditioner stays running. But there’s more to Ohio summers than just high temperatures. Humidity enters into the equation too, and while an air conditioner can indirectly address the problem, it’s not set up to do so. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, could be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works and why we recommend installing one.

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How Do Humidity Levels Affect Home Comfort?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We live in Westlake, OH, which means our summers are hot and humid and our winters are cold and dry. Humidity levels—both high and low—play a huge role in our comfort levels, and can be as important as temperature control when establishing a comfortable household. You can purchase a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier to correct the imbalance, but you can benefit by understanding exactly how humidity levels affect home comfort.

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How to Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Westlake, OH residents know that a good air conditioner is often all that stands between them and the brutal heat waves of summer. We’re all accustomed to paying for that privilege, as higher temperatures mean more frequent use of an AC system and a comparative spike in monthly energy bills. But just because you have to pay more for all that use doesn’t mean you can’t cut down on costs without sacrificing your comfort. With a little help from a trained technician, you can lower those pesky bills and still ride out the heat and humidity with a cool and comfortable household.

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How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

While maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home is an important priority, it is not the only step you must take to ensure that your home is as comfortable as it can be. The relative humidity in your home also plays a major role in the overall comfort therein. If you notice that your air is hot and heavy, or if you see signs of moisture or condensation around the house, high humidity levels are likely to blame. A portable dehumidifier is not enough to provide a whole-house solution to your problem.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to speak with one of our Fairview Park dehumidifier specialists about the benefits of a whole-house dehumidifier.

A whole-house dehumidifier does not simply sit on a desk and reduce humidity in the room it resides in. Instead, it is installed directly into the HVAC system you use to keep your home comfortable. As part of the cooling process, your air conditioner actually dehumidifies air to a certain degree. This is not its primary function, though, and cannot be expected to work as an effective dehumidifier. A whole-house dehumidifier uses the same return ducts that your HVAC does. Air from throughout your home is pulled in, and excess moisture is removed before the air is recirculated to the different areas of your house.

Warm, humid air is drawn over cool coils within the dehumidifier. This causes the moisture in the air to form condensation, which will then drip into a collection pan. This condensation is drained away, and the dry air left behind is redistributed throughout the house. A great feature of whole-house dehumidifiers, despite their comprehensive performance levels, is that they can be operated in conjunction with your air conditioning system or on their own. This means that on milder days you do not have to run your AC just to dehumidify air.

To learn more about the way in which a whole-house dehumidifier operates, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

We want to help you understand the various ways in which you can make your home a more comfortable living environment. Direct any questions you may have towards one of our Fairview Park dehumidifier technicians.

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