With summer comes humidity. Humidity is caused by moisture in the air and that moisture can not only be uncomfortable, it can also damage your home. Installing a dehumidifier in your San Antonio, Texas home can control the humidity and make you more comfortable. At Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating, we’re happy to help you learn more about your home’s dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. To do this, the dehumidifier draws in warm, moist air which runs over a cool coil. The coil cools the air which condenses the moisture into liquid. The liquid is removed through a drain pipe. The cool, dry air is then passed over a warm coil and back into the room. A dehumidifier uses a humidistat to test the humidity in the air. When the moisture level gets too high, it turns on the system to remove some of the moisture. Each humidifier has a capacity that’s measured in pints removed per 24 hours. The less airflow a room has, the more dehumidifying capacity you’ll need.
Humid air is uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable for your HVAC unit, making it work harder, and it’s uncomfortable for you. Your air conditioner can remove some humidity from the air, but likely not enough. When the air is too moist, it makes your skin feel clammy. Also, the higher the humidity, the warmer it feels in your home. High indoor humidity can cause homeowners to constantly run their AC and continuously lower the temperature.
In the end, removing excess moisture from inside a house protects the house and the inhabitants’ health. Water damage is some of the hardest damage to undo. It destroys wood and other porous surfaces, and often leads to wood rot and warping. The development of mildew also creates problems, since mildew chews right through drywall. If you want to avoid damage to your house from moisture, or your have precision wooden instruments and valuable wooden keepsakes, a dehumidifier is a great choice. Additionally, damp conditions are breeding grounds for mold. Mold is another source of potential building damage. But much worse is that many molds releases toxic spores into the air, which the CDC has identified as potential health hazards. This is especially a danger for homes with people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Our team at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating not only recommends installing a whole-house dehumidifier to prevent mold growth, but the installation of UV air purifiers to kill any mold spores circulating through the ventilation system.
Overall, a humidifier saves you money in many ways. A humidifier can create energy savings by keeping your air conditioning from working too hard. It reduces the likelihood of mold in your home, which can be costly to clean up. In addition, dryer air is safer for the structure of your home. Humidity can cause warping in doors, windows frames, and floors.
If you’re interested in installing a dehumidifier in your San Antonio, Texas home, call our professionals at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating. We can send one of our trained technicians out to assess if a dehumidifier is right for your home.