Whole-Home Dehumidifier: How It Works and Improves IAQ

Most homeowners are surprised to learn that their home’s indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside. Every Winnsboro, Texas, homeowner wants their children to breathe air that’s clean and fresh. A whole-home dehumidifier can help to improve your home’s indoor air quality, or IAQ.

How It Works

A whole-home dehumidifier is installed as part of your HVAC system and will work seamlessly with your air conditioner to manage and create the proper humidity levels in your home. A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air in your home to keep humidity at proper levels, which is between 30 and 60 percent. A humidistat is used to measure and maintain proper humidity levels.

How It Improves IAQ

If the humidity in your home is higher than 55 percent, it raises the potential for mold, viruses, and bacteria to grow. All of these contribute to lowering IAQ, increasing the potential for respiratory issues and raising the likelihood of getting sick. If anyone in your family suffers from respiratory problems or allergies, a whole-home dehumidifier can help to improve IAQ and reduce their risks. Dust mites, a major trigger of allergies, love a humid space. Managing your home’s humidity levels will also reduce the number of dust mites in your home.

How to Know if You Need One

There are a few ways to recognize if you need a whole home dehumidifier. Do you notice an increase in respiratory symptoms? Does the humidity in your home vary widely? Maybe your home has a musty smell, or you notice mold growth. Each of these situations could mean you need a whole-home dehumidifier.

Not only will a whole-home dehumidifier increase your home’s IAQ, it can also help to improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. If you’re interested in installing a whole-home dehumidifier, give Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 903-285-6550 today. We’ll send a trained technician out to assess whether your Winnsboro, Texas, home is ready for a whole-home dehumidifier.

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