Humidity Control

One of the most important factors in improving indoor air quality is to humidity control ! High humidity levels breed mold, mildew and dust mites. Your air conditioning system not only cools, but it should also dehumidify the air correctly. For example, if your air conditioner is oversized, it will not run long enough to remove humidity from the air. Consequently, your home will feel like a cave…cool and clammy. This creates the perfect breeding ground for unwanted biological growth. If the air in your home is too moist, it will encourage the growth of bacteria and mold , common allergies.

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For optimum air quality, Indoor Relative Humidity should always be maintained between 40% and 60%!

How Does Relative Humidity Affect Us? Humidity control isn’t only important for health issues related to respiratory problems, humidity affects our ability to cool down. We cool down by releasing water through our pores in the form of sweat, which then evaporates carrying away excess body heat. The evaporation rate depends on the humidity of the surrounding air…the more humid the air, the slower the evaporation process. When we are in humid air, the sweat evaporates more slowly then it does in dry air. Consequently, less water molecules are leaving our body and carrying away heat, which means that we are left with more heat. This makes us hotter, and we are also sweatier and uncomfortable. A dehumidifier is used to remove excess moisture from the air and create a more dry, comfortable home environment!

Dehumidifier

When Do You Know If You Need a Dehumidifier?

Some of the most common indications that you might need a dehumidifier are:

• Stuffy feeling in a room

• Allergies

• Wet stains on walls and ceilings

• Musty smells

• Rotting wood

• Condensation on windows

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