People often ask me “When should I humidify and dehumidify my home, and why?” The answer? In heating season, any and all sources of heating systems dry interiors of homes, and do some extent of damage to them. For instance, if your home has hardwoods like mine, you can actually see small gaps appear where in non heating season there would be none. Drywall or plaster in extreme cases cracks or separates, or nails pops. Also, static electric shocks occur on skin to metal contact or electronics. Lastly, you have to deal with a dry nose, skin, hair, and dust! All are byproducts of a home in need of humidity. I like to see 40% or better in heating!
Now what can one do? Sam the Furnace Man has the answer! Modern comfort systems typically have set ups for us to add a whole house humidification system. Simply installed in existing ducting and tapped into the water supply, your home will be comfortable and humidified in mere hours!
Now dehumidification is not as simple. That big old sphere in the sky radiating all that heat in non heating months can and does in many states also bring humidity, the grains of water can be so high your skin, and interior items to your home will feel clammy and just plain uncomfortable! Sam the Furnace Man knows both homes and cures!
Running your central cooling system can and does correct the majority of humidity issues. Due to the dehumidifying byproduct of central cooling, your return air vents draw in heat and humidity when cooling is being ran. This brings it through your evaporator coil, where the heat and humidity then get transferred to two separate places. Heat through the refrigerant line is driven to your outdoor condenser. Humidity actually forms into visible drops of water and is transferred to the piping system and down a floor drain or pump. Typically this solves the problem. Not so in some homes, either via improper sizing of comfort system, lack of ducting, or just plain home construction. You could experience over 56% humidity, which is my limit for a home. Ideally, 52% and under is best in summer months.
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Again, Sam the Furnace Man has the answer. Some whole house dehumidifiers install into your existing comfort system, and are humidistatically controlled. They typically wire into standard outlets and run only when needed. These are different than portable dehumidifiers, which are noisy and require manual draining. Remember, love makes a home, but Sam the Furnace Man can make it comfortable. Contact us today!