As summer temperatures increase in southern Virginia, so does the humidity level. Indoor relative humidity should be kept at around 35 to 50 percent. When humidity rises above that level, however, you and your home will be exposed to several unpleasant and potentially damaging effects.
For you and your family, high humidity causes uncomfortable physical symptoms. Since it decreases your ability cool yourself through perspiration, it can make your home feel warmer than the actual indoor temperature. It can sap your energy and make it difficult to sleep, making you feel tired and sluggish. High humidity can also make you feel physically ill.
In your home, excessive humidity can damage books, papers and sensitive electronics, such as computers and stereos. Wallpaper and paint can start peeling and flaking away, while wood paneling, flooring and furniture can be warped and damaged. The air in your house can feel musty and stuffy, with an increase in airborne contaminants. High humidity can also create an environment in which insects, mold, mildew, bacteria and other pests can thrive and spread.
You can get some relief from these problems by turning up your air conditioner, but the better choice is a whole-house dehumidification system.
Whole-house dehumidifiers help remedy a wide range of humidity-related problems. These devices are installed within the airflow of your forced-air cooling system. All of the air traveling through the system flows through the dehumidifier, where moisture is removed. The drier air exits the dehumidifier and continues to cycle through the cooling system like normal.
Consider installing a whole house dehumidifier if you have been experiencing problems such as:
- Clammy, overly moist skin.
- Stuffy, close-feeling indoor air.
- Sticky or sweaty floors, walls or other surfaces.
- Wet stains on walls, ceilings or floors.
- Excess mold and mildew.
- Condensation on water pipes or window panes.
- Musty, damp odors.
- Increases in allergies or respiratory symptoms.
For more than 35 years, Russell’s Heating & Cooling has served commercial and residential HVAC customers in the Hampton Roads area, including the Peninsula and Southside. Contact us today
for more information on whole-house dehumidifiers and how they can benefit you.
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