During the summer months, the humidity levels in St. Louis can become very high and this can cause problems for both your home and your health.
In our previous post, we discussed the benefits of having a whole house humidifier in your home. But in St. Louis, where the humidity levels fluctuate from season to season, a whole house dehumidifier can also be very beneficial to your home and to your family’s health.
In the winter months, when the air tends to lack humidity, a humidifier is essential to maintaining a comfortable home environment. However, during the summer months, the humidity levels in St. Louis can become very high and this can cause problems for both your home and your health.
Portable dehumidifiers only tackle the moisture level in one room at a time, while whole-house dehumidifiers are connected to your home’s central cooling system to maintain balanced humidity levels throughout your entire home.
The Importance of a Dehumidifier
When there is excessive humidity in a home, it can lead to a whole host of issues. Some of these include:
- Mold growth which often contributes to asthma attacks and allergies
- Growth of bacteria which can cause illness
- The spread of dust mites
- Slow deterioration of a house’s structure such as warped beams and mold infested walls
- A warm, stuffy house even though the air conditioner may constantly run
When the humidity levels in your home are high, the air conditioner must do the function of cooling the air and removing the moisture. This means that it must work harder.
The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier
There are a number of advantages to having a whole house humidifier installed. Some of these benefits include:
- They can be installed directly into your home’s cooling system
- They improve whole-home comfort, not just in individual rooms
- They are easy to maintain, only requiring attention once or twice a year
- They monitor the relative humidity levels so that the right amount of moisture is maintained
- They prevent wood floors and furniture from producing mold and rotting
The trend is to make a home air-tight, but with this there has been an increased concern about the indoor air quality this promotes. With little opportunity for fresh air to be circulated into the home, the growth of mold and spores can become rampant. If these allergens are allowed to grow and thrive inside of these closed conditions, your home’s air may become contaminated.
St. Louis Whole House Dehumidifier
If you have humidity issues in your home, Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating can help! We are a full service residential heating and air conditioning company in St. Louis. With over 30 years of experience, and with a master technician and mechanical engineer as our owner, we can replace, repair, and provide maintenance for your home’s HVAC system.