The damaging effects of excess moisture

If you are finding that allergies are a common problem with the members of your family, there may be excess moisture in your home. Any space that has little ventilation allows moisture to build up which can lead to a variety of issues in your household, including the perfect environment for dust mites and mold and mildew to grow. Odors are also common with excess moisture. The “musty” smell becomes evident when your home becomes a host to mold and mildew. Mold can also form on cabinets, furniture and clothing. Other typical signs of moisture in your home include stains on your ceilings, black spots in the shower or on walls and condensation on windows.

In the summer, you may think that your air conditioner can take care of the humidity. However that isn’t always the case. The purpose of an air conditioner is to manage temperature, not humidity. Your air conditioner will cool the room and remove moisture, causing it to work harder. Investing in a dehumidifier will cool down the indoor temperature and control the humidity. Your air conditioner will be able to run more efficiently, increase its lifespan and lessen your energy bill. However for many homes, it’s the colder months that bring on increased humidity. If that is the case in your home, you may want to consider an HRV which only works in the winter.

An option to control the humidity in your home throughout the year is using a whole-house dehumidifier. The benefit of a whole-house dehumidifier as opposed to a regular dehumidifier is that it will control the moisture of your entire house rather than just a single room. A whole house dehumidifier is attached to your furnace and uses your existing furnace duct system.

Having too much moisture affects your entire home and could be posing health risks to you and your loved ones. To discuss your dehumidifier options, Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today.

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