Maintaining the ideal humidity levels in your home can prove challenging. If humidity levels are too high, mold may develop. Low humidity levels could cause health problems. If the humidity levels in your home are high, consider removing the extra moisture content with a dehumidifier. These systems are ideal when the weather is hot and humid.

How Dehumidifiers Work

Dehumidifiers work by using a fan to bring in the warm air that surrounds the system. This air will condense on the cold refrigerated coil, and the moisture drips into a collection tank inside the dehumidifier. The dry air returns to the room. Depending on the unit you buy, you should reduce your humidity to the 30% to 50% level. It’s common for dehumidifiers to have meters that make it easy for you to measure relative humidity.

When to Use a Dehumidifier

If your dehumidifier comes with a hygrometer, measure the humidity level in your home. If it’s currently higher than 50%, a dehumidifier is a great idea. There are several signs that indicate you should use one of these systems. For instance, you might notice a considerable amount of condensation on your windows or glass doors.

You should also look for mold spots around the corners of your walls or ceiling. Bathrooms that don’t have fans typically experience mold problems as a result of the steam placing more moisture on nearby surfaces. It’s possible for high moisture to create black mold, which can cause numerous health issues.

While you might not need to use your dehumidifier for the entire summer, you should keep it running until humidity levels have dropped below 50%. If you’re finding it difficult to maintain the proper moisture levels, you might need to fix the source of the moisture.

Take the first step toward improving your home’s indoor air quality by requesting our indoor air quality services. We can install everything from air purifiers and UV lights to dehumidifiers. Our team also offers HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services in Lumberton and the surrounding areas. Call Big Fish Cooling & Heating today to schedule an appointment.

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