Those of us who don’t live in Palm Springs, California, know all too well how a hot humid day can zap our strength and energy. It can make us crabby, wet with perspiration, and weary. Many people don’t have the proper or adequate air conditioning system or dehumidifier to keep their home or business free from intolerable humidity. What do they do? Head for the Mall?
Besides making us feel miserable, high humidity with no dehumidification can make for a toxic concoction. This breeds in your home or business from the combination of dust mites, pet dander, allergens, microscopic organisms, mold, etc.
Say you have a ten-year-old carpet, in a home with pets. Despite how well you vacuum and shampoo, that carpet is a breeding ground for some of the above culprits. Now you allow your eleven-month old to play on the carpet. Along with contracting illnesses from bacteria, this can especially lead to allergies.
What Else do These Vermin and Germs do?
Not only do they live in your rugs, but in your drapes, bedclothes, walls, insulation, etc. What can you do? Fumigate? No. You need to remove excess moisture from indoors. This will greatly decrease the population of these unwanted hazards to you and your family.
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
Quite simply, it removes moisture from the air by drawing air over cold coils, condensing out its moisture, before passing the air over warm coils and back into the room. An air conditioner can almost do the same thing but with far less efficiency.
This is especially good in places where moisture gathers, like around the washing machine, and in the damp basement.
For a home model dehumidifier, the condensed water drips into a container, and can be emptied manually or by a hose to drain. Surprisingly, these can remove between 10 to 50 pints of water per day! Usually, the amount is measured by the number of pints it can remove in a 24-hour period at 60% relative humidity and at 80 degrees F.
What is an Ideal Percentage of Humidity?
As we already learned, if humidity is too high, then mold, dust mites, allergens and bacteria can breed.
If the humidity falls too low, you and your family may suffer from dry eye or develop throat and sinus irritation.
Ideally, the humidity in your home should measure 30% to 55%. The way to find out, if your thermometer doesn’t have a gauge, is to get a humidistat from a hardware store.
What Else Can You do?
- Have a clean, good performing air conditioner and dehumidifier.
- Measure the humidity and try to keep it below 60%.
- Keep A/C drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of debris, and not leaking.
- Keep any other damp or wet areas dry.
- Fix leaks and seepage.
- Check circulation to be sure each room is adequately aired out.
- Use exhaust fans to move humid air out.
- Keep refrigerator pans clean and dry.
- Have Abel check your home to better improve you’re air quality conditions.
Energy Star says:
Certified dehumidifiers have more efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans than conventional models, which means they remove the same amount of moisture, but use 15 percent less energy. In fact, the annual energy saved by an Energy Star certified dehumidifier could power your Energy Star certified refrigerator for 3 months.”
Have a Healthy, Happy, Humid Free Summer!
At Abel Heating and Cooling, we want too help you have a safe comfortable summer. If you’re developing any problems with your air conditioner, or believe your heat/humidity index is out of balance, please give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us
A reminder to keep your furry friends cool too.