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Dehumidification

Whole Home Dehumidification

Humid air is not just uncomfortable, it can also be bad for your home. While many people turn to portable dehumidifiers, a whole house dehumidifier may be perfect for your house.

A whole home dehumidifier provides the following essential benefits.

1. Dehumidifies every room in the house

One of the main advantages of a whole house system over a portable dehumidifier is that it will dehumidify every room in the house, not just the room where it is placed. When you place a portable unit in the basement, for example, it removes moisture from the air in the downstairs area; it has little to no effect on the upstairs. (Unless, perhaps, if you have enhanced ventilation in the home.)

A whole-house dehumidifier, however, works with the entire HVAC ventilation system, so it takes in air from the entire home (through the return ducts) and pumps dehumidified air into every room that has HVAC vents. This means that when you install a whole house dehumidifier, your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and living room will have dry air, all by a single unit.

2. Reduces chance of mold

Moisture causes mold, which can be a big enough problem. In addition, mold leads to certain types of bugs in the home. There are many different types of insects that are known to feed on mold. These insects can create health issues, especially for people who may have allergies. By using a whole house dehumidifier, you can reduce the chances of mold, and therefore reduce the chances of mold-eating bugs from infesting your home.

3. Keeps bugs from infesting

Moisture causes mold, which can be a big enough problem. In addition, mold leads to certain types of bugs in the home. There are many different types of insects that are known to feed on mold. These insects can create health issues, especially for people who may have allergies. By using a whole house dehumidifier, you can reduce the chances of mold, and therefore reduce the chances of mold-eating bugs from infesting your home.

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4. Can reduce energy bills

Air with lower relative humidity feels cooler, so while running an air conditioning unit and a dehumidifier may seem more expensive, you may be able to raise the temperature setting on your thermostat when you have a whole house dehumidifier. A two or three degrees change may not seem like much, but over the course of the air-conditioning season, reducing overall use can result in significant savings. So, a whole house dehumidifier can save energy, but it’s dependent on setting your A/C to a little higher temperature.

5. Less maintenance than portable units

Most portable dehumidifiers have a tank that needs to be emptied on a regular basis. With a whole house dehumidifier, however, there is less maintenance, making ownership much more convenient.

All dehumidifiers, by definition, pull moisture from the air. However, this moisture doesn’t just disappear, it needs to be placed somewhere. With most portable dehumidifiers, you will have a tank that holds the water. On a regular basis, you will need to check the tank and empty it otherwise it will stop operating if full.

The frequency of how often you empty the tank will depend on the humidity levels in the home, as well as the unit itself. However, you’ll likely need to empty the tank on a daily basis, which can be a bit of a hassle.

With a whole house dehumidifier, however, you won’t have to empty a tank because there isn’t one. Instead of taking the water and storing it in a reservoir, a whole house dehumidifier has an attached hose. Any collected moisture is then sent through the hose to a nearby drain. While some portable units have hose options, a whole house fan gives you an unprecedented level of convenience, making it simple and easy to keep your home comfortable.

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