What is a Dehumidifier?
At this point, you may be wondering why dehumidifiers are essential in today’s day and age, what they do, and how they work. To answer these hard-hitting questions, we turned to the professionals here at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling. Dehumidifiers work by extracting moisture from the air in indoor spaces, such as a house or building. Additionally, they can also help reduce or eliminate lingering odors, mold, and mildew that come from moist environments. Many experts agree that decreasing your home’s humidity levels during the summer months will promote excellent health and wellness while improving the comfort inside your home.
General Dehumidifier Questions & Answers
Is a single dehumidifier able to manage the humidity for my entire house?
In short, the answer is yes; a single dehumidifier can offer relief to a whole house. Nevertheless, for a dehumidifier to effectively take all of the moisture out of the air of an entire home, it needs to be marketed as a whole-house dehumidifier and installed by experts. At Mount Washington Heating & Cooling, we have whole home dehumidifier systems that can effectively work in a home of 5,000 square feet or more. In addition, we have other units for smaller areas of your home along with a wide range of choices with special discounts we can discuss when you schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.
How long does a whole-house dehumidifier last?
The longevity of your whole-house dehumidifier relies on your ability to keep it properly maintained every year. So, if you take the necessary precautions, use it for how it’s intended, and schedule routine maintenance, then most whole-home dehumidifiers can last up to 10 years! In between your scheduled routine maintenance, homeowners can do some maintenance themselves. This includes regularly changing its air filters, cleaning the coils and exhaust grilles, and making sure you are frequently emptying the water bucket. Doing all of these things will help maximize the lifespan of your dehumidifier. Also, keep in mind that dehumidifiers are categorized as simple machines that effectively lower the moisture content of any setting it is put in. Do you have more questions? Call Mount Washington Heating & Cooling today for more information on starting your household dehumidifier journey today!
What size of dehumidifier do I need to invest in?
Well, first of all, it depends on whether you want your dehumidifier to be confined to one room or if you want its benefits to spread throughout your entire household. If you’re going to limit your dehumidifier to a specific room, its capacity level is rated by the amount of moisture it can remove from a room in 24 hours. With that being said, a 20-pint dehumidifier can remove 20 pints of moisture in the air in a single day. Typically you will want to use this size of a dehumidifier in a room between 500-1,500 square feet.
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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Investing in Quality Air Filters
Replacing your HVAC system’s air filters on a regular basis is essential. Most homeowners are aware of this. However, many are unaware that standard air filters contain one inch of fiberglass, which usually does nothing to improve indoor air quality or clean the air in your home; only protect your home comfort equipment. This means investing in better air filters could go far in your home to improve your dwelling’s air quality. Homeowners should consider this if anything compromises their home’s indoor air quality.
Keeping Up With Seasonal Maintenance
Staying consistent and keeping up with routine maintenance on your HVAC system is essential for longevity, comfort, and indoor air quality. As a matter of fact, staying proactive with your HVAC unit will ensure that it will run smoothly and efficiently as it is intended to. In addition, staying up to date on your seasonal maintenance will always keep your equipment safe in the long run and ensure your air quality stays in good health.
Homeowners may be unaware, but a large share of indoor air pollutants and causes for additional humidity comes from bathrooms and kitchens. Likewise, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are toxic contaminants released from gas stoves and at a lower level for electric stoves, as well as other harmful pollutants that can absorb naturally into your bloodstream. So, make sure to open a window or turn on the vents in your home when you start cooking or need to use the bathroom to help filter out the toxic pollutants from your air supply.
Maintain Healthy Humidity
Standard humidity levels within residential homes should be between 30 and 50 percent. However, most HVAC professionals prefer humidity levels to be at least between 35 and 40 percent, 30 at the absolute lowest during the winter months. Keeping an eye on your home’s humidity levels is especially important for optimizing your indoor air quality, which is why you should keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels year-round.