Living in the midwest means we’re all familiar with humidity, but many homeowners aren’t familiar with how to control humidity through dehumidifiers. Few things are worse than stepping outside on a July day and feeling the hot wall of humidity hit you. While the summer especially comes to mind, the outside air is humid all year round, albeit in various degrees. That humidity can similarly enter your home and cause issues.
Aside from the environment, there are a few things you may do inside your house that can cause humidity. The first is cooking on the stove without proper ventilation. The steam from consistent cooking can cause a change in the humidity of your home. Additionally, steam from hot showers (also not properly ventilated) can add even more humidity. Because of one or multiple of these reasons, you may start to notice condensation on your walls, flat surfaces, and especially your windows. This is indication that the humidity in your home it too high.
Other signs that may indicate you have a humidity problem:
If you notice these consistent problems, you’ll want to install a dehumidifier in your home. Within a week of installing, you’ll start to notice a difference and have better control over the humidity in your home.
Dehumidifiers suck the moisture out of the air and condense it into liquid that goes into a collection tank or down a drainpipe. They then push the humid-free air back into the home, stabilizing the humidity. The most important thing is that they will take care of the humidity problem you may be experiencing.
In terms of upkeep, you’ll simply need to empty the collection tank if the dehumidifier is not hooked up to a drainpipe and replace a filter annually. It can be plugged into a wall and is a quick install. It is important to note that if you are familiar with humidifiers, you will notice that dehumidifiers are much bigger. Humidifiers normally fit on the side of your system due to their smaller size. A dehumidifier will need to be placed on the floor (or propped up slightly from the floor) next to your system. Ensure that you understand the size of the dehumidifier you are considering and have enough room for it.
Interested in controlling your home’s humidity? Check out our comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Guide or take a look at our Aprilaire Dehumidifiers. And as always, feel free to give us a call (317-670-0171) or reach out online.