Indoor Air Quality
Whole Home Dehumidifiers
Humidity is a problem in many households, especially as the summer months set in and the weather gets hot. For most homeowners, the biggest problems occur when the humidity gets too high. High humidity is about more than just comfort—it can make allergies and illnesses worse and, in extreme cases, high humidity can actually cause damage to parts of your home.
That’s why a dehumidifier is such an important part of a home comfort system. Technology today makes it possible to cleanly and quickly remove all of the excess humidity from your indoor air and keep it out with minimal impact on your air conditioning system or energy bills.
If you’re tired of waking up covered in sweat or going from the warm and sticky outdoors to the cool and sticky indoors, contact the MetroWest area humidity experts at Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC. Our team of highly trained technicians will guide you through every step of choosing the perfect dehumidifier for your home. We will then install it so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your home the way you deserve to.
The Problem with High Humidity
Not everyone is bothered equally by high humidity inside, but what about the other things humidity can do? To start with, when your humidity levels are left unchecked, allergies and asthma tend to get worse. The added allergens that develop in the thick, soupy air are not only unwanted, but they’re also unsafe. This includes bacteria and mold that thrive in highly humid environments.
Dust mites, in particular, thrive in areas where the humidity level is 50% or higher. By keeping your humidity below the 50% mark, they’re unlikely to develop. In low humidity, mold will rarely if ever appear because it needs moisture in the air to survive. Mold is more than a health irritant, too. It can damage the woodwork in your home. Additionally, humidity causes wood frames and joints to swell, warping woodwork and reducing the value of your home.
Whether because of the negative impact it has on your home or the health problems it can cause for your family, there is nothing positive about high humidity.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a dehumidifier. First, you need to know the size and capacity of the model that will best fit your home. How many square feet can the dehumidifier cover? Do you want a whole-house dehumidifier or single room models that can be moved easily? Whole-house dehumidifiers usually go in the basement where they can draw moisture through your home comfort system.
Beyond just maximizing your comfort, this reduces the risk of damage and illness throughout the house. On the other hand, smaller models are less expensive and easy to maintain yourself—perfect if your humidity problem only occurs for small periods of time each year.
Ducted dehumidifiers offer many advantages over traditional dehumidification. Not only can these systems provide humidity control for your entire home, rather than just one room, by interacting directly with the air flow, but they also offer air filtration and ventilation to provide the best possible indoor air quality.
Ducted systems come in many shapes and sizes, with smaller units offering MERV 11+ filtration and 70+ pints per day of dehumidification. These systems can be installed within existing ductwork or installed in brand new, standalone ducts designed solely for air filtration and ventilation. With a wide variety of options now available, it’s possible to dehumidify homes of any size, regardless of the ductwork currently installed.
If you’re ready to pick a dehumidifier and take control of the comfort levels in your home, contact Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC today. We’ve worked closely with homeowners throughout the MetroWest Boston area to decrease humidity levels and create comfortable home environments and we would be happy to do the same for you.