If you live in Columbia, MD, you understand that the air gets humid frequently. Your indoor air quality is important, and poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems. At Grove Heating & Cooling, we are ready to talk to you about the many benefits of installing a whole house dehumidifier.
We are a family-owned and operated HVAC company serving homeowners and business owners in Columbia, MD, and the surrounding areas. If you are concerned about hot and humid indoor air making you uncomfortable, it’s time to learn more about whole-home dehumidifiers. When you have the right dehumidifier in your home, your humidity levels will be balanced. This provides many health benefits and helps to protect your home from water damage.
When humidity levels reach beyond 60%, the air starts to feel thick and sticky. You might feel uncomfortable, and it may be more difficult to breathe. In addition, too much moisture in the air can cause damage to wood floors, walls, and even cause mold or mildew growth. Dehumidifiers help to protect you and your home by:
When the weather is hot and humid, your air conditioning system has to work hard to remove excess moisture and cool down your home. This causes strain on your air conditioning system and will cause excess energy to be used, which increases your energy bills. When you have a whole home dehumidifier installed, this helps the air conditioning system remove excess moisture from the air. You won’t cause your air conditioner to break down early when you have a dehumidifier supporting it.
At Grove Heating & Cooling, we are ready to take good care of your whole home dehumidifier. You should have your system serviced at least once a year, preferably before it works hard every day during the hot, humid summer months. Your dehumidifier should be carefully cleaned at least annually. The filter should be cleaned thoroughly, using warm water and soap. The water reservoir needs to be cleaned carefully and dried before putting it back.
You can expect a dehumidifier to last roughly eight years. A technician from Grove Heating & Cooling can come to clean your dehumidifier each year and look for any problems that indicate a repair is needed. As your system gets older, it will make more sense to replace the dehumidifier than to pay for an expensive repair. Ice can form within your dehumidifier coils, and the system can overflow if the drain gets clogged.
A dehumidifier will turn on when the moisture within your home is higher than 50-60% or whatever you set the dehumidistat at. They are ideal for removing excess moisture from the air during the spring, summer, and fall.
If your home feels stuffy, or there is a musty odor in your home, a dehumidifier is an excellent solution. When you have a whole home dehumidifier installed in your home, it works along with your HVAC system to keep your humidity levels under control.
In homes with excessive moisture, you might notice windows start to get fogged up when the air is too humid. Wood surfaces will feel sticky, and you might get an odor in your home from mold or mildew growth. If you already have a dehumidifier, and you continue to have these problems, it’s time to consider having your dehumidifier serviced or replaced. Once your dehumidifier is more than 8 years old, it is likely that you will need to have the system replaced to keep protecting the indoor air quality of your home.
To learn more about the benefits of a whole home dehumidifier, contact Grove Heating & Cooling today. You don’t have to deal with the heat and humidity during hot Maryland summers. With a whole home dehumidifier in place, your indoor air quality will improve. You’ll have the comfort you want, and have a home where you don’t have to worry about water damage from high humidity levels.