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The Story Behind Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

What is humidity?

Humidity is water in a gaseous state, and, as humidity rises, it penetrates wood, carpeting, bedding, mattresses, rugs, furniture and even your clothing! Some noticeable effects of excess humidity include:

  • Musty odors and bad smells
  • Condensation on water pipes
  • Wet stains on walls or ceilings
  • Floor surfaces that feel sticky
  • Mold growth

Excess humidity also contributes to the growth of dust mites, mold and bacteria which are known to cause allergies.

Why does it make people feel uncomfortable?

Humans are very sensitive to humidity. Our skin relies on the air to get rid of excess moisture. We sweat to keep cool as the evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating to cool the body by reducing the rate of evaporation.

Whole-home Dehumidifiers vs. Portable Dehumidifiers

Portable Dehumidifiers

Portable Dehumidifiers treat the air in just one room. To get the ultimate health and comfort benefits from a portable dehumidifier, homeowners would have to purchase one for every room in their house. This is an expensive approach! Also, most portable dehumidifiers sense RH at the unit. Since many portable units store collected moisture in the unit’s reservoir, it’s possible that the unit will sense it as high humidity and run excessively.

Whole Home Dehumidifiers

Whole Home Dehumidifiers are ducted into the home's existing duct work and become part of the home's heating and cooling system. The unit installs away from the living space and operates silently, taking care of the home's entire moisture problem. Whole-home dehumidifiers monitor conditions around the clock and are ready to deal with some of the most difficult humidity conditions within the home such as:

  • During partial load conditions
  • During those days and times where there is not a need or call for cooling:
    • Spring and autumn months
    • Cloudy and rainy days
    • Nighttime and morning hours
  • When high humidity is an issue/problem in specific areas of the home
  • When dependable, reliable 24-7 humidity control is critical to the health of your family.

Using a whole-home dehumidifier independently, as well as in conjunction with your existing central air conditioning system, optimizes the overall dehumidification of your home as well as the energy efficiency of your cooling system.

Carpeting will feel fluffy again, clothes will stay fresher longer, bed sheets will feel crisp and your house will smell better!