Dehumidifiers: How They Work and How They Improve IAQ

July 21, 2016

Maintaining healthy air quality in your home goes deeper than just changing air filters once in a while. There are more factors than just airborne irritants that contribute to poor indoor air quality. For example, too much or too little humidity can cause a range of issues that reduce both IAQ and HVAC system efficiency. In Jacksonville, Florida, residents seldom have to worry about having too little humidity in their home, but the opposite can definitely be an issue. By reducing the amount of humidity in your home, dehumidifiers create a healthy and efficient home environment.

How Dehumidifiers Work

A whole-home dehumidifer works with your HVAC system to improve your air quality. But how do whole-home dehumidifiers work? First, a fan draws warm and humid air over a much cooler coil. This condenses the humidity in the air into water that is then caught and removed through a pipe. The drier air is then cycled back out into the living space. Dehumidifiers can maintain different amounts of humidity in the air using a humidistat.

Dehumidifiers and Higher IAQ

When indoor humidity levels are high, mold and mold spores are more likely to take root in different areas throughout your home. Dust mites, another trigger of many allergy and asthma problems, love to take shelter in humid spaces, further reducing indoor air quality. Outside of indoor air quality issues, too much humidity can also cause wood to rot and even jeopardize the integrity of your home’s structure. By removing excess humidity, you can manage indoor comfort and enhance AC efficiency.

You deserve to spend the summer months in comfort and in good health, so don’t let high humidity levels ruin your indoor air quality or the efficiency of your HVAC system. For more solutions for maintaining ideal humidity levels and increasing your IAQ, give Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating a call at (904) 574-5619. We can help you to select the right system for your home and provide installation service as well.

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