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Dealing with High Humidity This Summer

family-with-dogWe would be willing to bet that you have, at some point in your life, heard someone say that it is “not the heat, but the humidity,” making you feel uncomfortable when it is hot outside. Of course, the fact is that very high temperatures are going to be uncomfortable regardless of how humid the air is. That being said, a dry heat can definitely feel a lot more bearable than muggy, humid heat. There are a few reasons for this, but there is only one ideal solution to the problem.

That is the whole-house dehumidifier. You’ve no doubt seen a portable dehumidifier before, and maybe you’ve even run one in your home—likely in the basement. If you are serious about eliminating the discomfort and other issues that can stem from very high humidity, though, we strongly urge you to consider a whole-house system. With professionally installed and serviced whole-house dehumidifier in Virginia Beach, you will really see results.

Signs of Very High Humidity

Okay, so high humidity is bad news. But how is one supposed to realize that humidity in his or her home is getting out of hand? When your home is too hot or cold, the issue is obviously immediately noticeable. When you’re dealing with humidity, however, it can be a little trickier to recognize the problem. There are definitely many symptoms that you may notice—you just have to make the connection between them and the humidity level in your home.

  • Heavy, muggy air
  • Sweatiness that just won’t evaporate
  • Wet spots on walls or carpets
  • Mildew odors
  • The development of mold in the house
  • Higher cooling costs with less return
  • Wood rot
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Increased instances of illness

Your body’s natural cooling process is built around the evaporation of sweat on your skin. If the air is so humid that it is difficult for sweat to evaporate, you are going to feel much more uncomfortable than you would in a drier environment. Because biological pollutants, including mold, viruses, and bacteria, thrive in humid environments, excessive humidity in your home can also have negative health consequences, as well.

Why Choose a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

Okay, you may be thinking. I’ll just run to the hardware store and grab a dehumidifier. That may be fine for a small basement or storage space, but a whole house requires a whole-house solution! With a portable dehumidifier, you’d be wheeling that unit around the entire house, trying to improve air quality throughout. You’ll find yourself emptying the collection bucket frequently, and you’ll probably see a pretty significant spike in energy costs, as well. These units are small, but they can consume a surprising amount of electricity.

Whole-house systems integrate right into HVAC systems, and can be used independently of them on more comfortable days. Plus, you won’t have to worry about drainage or anything like that. For a more efficient, convenient, and effective dehumidification experience, whole-house dehumidifiers are definitely the way to go.

Schedule your dehumidifier services with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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