How Do Humidity Control Systems Work?
Whole house humidity control systems can do almost as much to make your home comfortable as your heating and cooling system. Humidifiers moisten your dry air in the winter while dehumidifiers dry your moist air in the summer.
Whole House Humidifier
When it’s cold outside, your heating system dries your air as it heats up. Overly dry air could damage wood floors, wood instruments and more; it can also have a negative impact on your health, causing dry, itchy skin and nosebleeds. It makes you more susceptible to viruses and infections. Whole home humidifiers add moisture back into to your air, helping you achieve healthy humidity levels, protecting your health and your home’s fine wood. It also helps prevent annoying static electricity in your home.
There are essentially two types of whole home humidifiers:
- Evaporative Humidifier - LBA mostly installs bypass and power humidifiers. This type of humidifier adds humidity to the air by utilizing the systems fan or a built-in fan which forces dry air across a moist pad. The moistened air is then carried throughout the home through the furnace ductwork. This type of humidifier is relatively easy to install, by a trained professional, which keeps them affordably priced.
- Steam Humidifier - A steam humidifier works like a vaporizer. It heats water to create steam, which is then added to the air through a dispersion tube located within the ductwork. A steam humidifier is extremely effective for larger homes with a large amount of wood, cigar collections or musical instruments. It provides endless humidity that a power humidifier cannot.
Whole House Dehumidifier
When it’s hot outside, your cooling system dampens your home’s air as it cools. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew buildup and leave a musty odor certain areas of the home. A whole home dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your air, eliminating unhealthy bacterial buildup. It also acts as an air purifier because it reduces the humidity level in which viruses and mold survive.
A dehumidifier contains several components to accomplish this:
- Fan Compressor – Pulls in the humid air.
- Cooling Coils – Cool the air and as a result remove excess moisture.
- Re-heater – Returns the cooled, dehumidified air to a comfortable temperature.
Many dehumidifier models also come equipped with:
- A Humidistat – Detects the current humidity levels in your home.
- A Condensate Pump - Pumps the water that has been removed from the air away from the unit.
Some measures you can take to control the excess humidity in your house include:
- Turn on the AC since it will remove warm humid air
- If you have to air dry clothes, do it outside
- Use the ventilation fans in your shower and on your stove
- Fix leaky pipes
- Keep gutters free of clogs to prevent water from getting inside
You may also want to consider a whole house dehumidifier. We can help you decide what option is best for your home and family. Contact us online today for more information or to speak with one of our highly trained technicians.
A good humidity level to have in your home is between 30 – 50%. At this level, there is not too much moisture in the air making you uncomfortable and there is not too little moisture in the air leaving you with dry skin.
Yes, 70% is considered too high of a humidity level in a home. High levels of humidity in a house can cause:
- Mold growth
- Condensation in your walls, leading to structural damage and wood rot
- Respiratory problems and allergies
- Sleep interruptions
We can help control the humidity levels and keep them manageable. Contact us online for dehumidifying solutions for your home.
The ideal humidity for a room falls between 30 – 50 % humidity. At these levels, the balance of moisture and dryness is just about perfect, leaving you and your family feeling comfortable. To check the levels in your home, a hygrometer can be purchased from your local hardware store or online that will measure the moisture in the air. They are an inexpensive tool that can help determine if any action needs to be taken regarding your home’s humidity levels.
For more information or to talk with one of our knowledgeable team members, contact us online today.