Humidity is a major factor when it comes to indoor air quality and home comfort. Homeowners in the Greater Cleveland area have a lot of options for humidity control, and a dehumidifier is an effective way to keep humidity under control during the hot summer months.
Dehumidifiers come in all shapes and sizes, but most models can be broken down into two categories: portable and whole-house. Each type has its advantages, and you can decide which type works best for you based on the severity of the humidity problem in your home.
- Portable dehumidifiers are small, lightweight, relatively inexpensive and, as their name suggests, portable. You can move them around and place them wherever you want, but they also have a major downside. Portable dehumidifiers have a very limited range and capacity, and usually can reduce humidity only in a single room or area.
- Whole-house dehumidifiers work with your central HVAC system to reduce humidity throughout your home. Once a whole-house dehumidifier has been professionally installed, it adjusts automatically depending on your needs. These models are a better long-term solution than portables, and they’re very effective if your home has a more serious humidity problem.
Getting the Most Out of Your Dehumidifier
Once your dehumidifier is in place, there’s more to ideal operation than simply turning it on and waiting. You can make your dehumidifier more effective in a number of ways.
- Promote air flow by arranging furniture and other household objects so that air can flow freely around your home.
- Seal the envelope. You don’t want more humidity getting in while your dehumidifier does its job, so keep windows, doors and vents closed while it works.
- Check the humidity in your home so you know when it’s at the right level. Most experts agree that between 40 and 50 percent is ideal.
- Fix underlying problems, such as leaky plumbing, foundation cracks and landscape drainage issues.
To learn more about dehumidifiers and how you can keep yours running at peak efficiency, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Greater Cleveland area for more than 79 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dehumidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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