Climate Masters Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifiers’

How to Get Rid of High Humidity

Monday, June 27th, 2016

We all understand how the high temperatures during our summer here in St Augustine affect our day-to-day. But how many of us keep a hygrometer handy? Or know exactly what level of relative humidity is ideal for their home? High levels of moisture in the air can mean that your home’s indoor air feels clammy, and that your skin feels sticky despite the fact that your thermostat reads 68 degrees. Here are some ways to cut down on the level of water vapor in your household:

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Do I Need a Separate Dehumidifier if I Have an Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 30th, 2016

It’s a little-known fact that air conditioning systems have a bit of a dehumidifying effect, which is great for the humid climate of Florida. As part of the cooling function, air conditioners drop the temperature of the air around the evaporator coil below the dew point. This causes the moisture in the air to condense on the coil before being drained out of the system. So, some homeowners think that they don’t need a separate dehumidifier in order to maintain a comfortable indoor climate. This is not the case. Read on to find out why a dehumidifier is still a good idea, even if you have an air conditioner already.

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Do You Need a Whole Home Dehumidifier?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It’s no secret that in our part of the world, we battle some major humidity. The problem with humidity isn’t just discomfort; it stresses your air conditioning system, adds more heat to the air and can lead to the development of mold and mildew, as well as help the proliferation of dust mites. The answer isn’t a bigger air conditioner; in fact, that will exacerbate the problem. If you’ve been dealing with excess humidity in your home, it’s time to call the indoor air quality experts at Climate Masters and discuss what a whole home dehumidifier can do for you.

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How Does Air Conditioning Dehumidify My Home?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We live in St, Augustine, FL, which means that humidity is a constant presence in the summer months (and even some of the fall, winter and spring months as well). High humidity levels make it feel hotter in your home than it actually is, and while you can cool the air, you often need to lower the amount of moisture present as well. The good news is that – by their very nature – air conditioners tend to act as dehumidifiers as well, a process that can be improved even further by installing a dedicated dehumidifier in your system. “How does air conditioning dehumidify my home?” you ask. We’ve included a quick breakdown below.

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Why Consider Installing a Dehumidifier?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Hot and sticky are two very common words heard around here at the heart of summer, and the relief we all feel when we enter our air conditioning is palpable. However, you aren’t the only one feeling the heat – your air conditioner is, too, and the more humid it gets, the harder your AC has to work to achieve the comfort you need and want. But there is a way you lessen the load on your air conditioner while also improving your comfort: install a whole-home dehumidifier.

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Signs You Need a Whole-Home Dehumidifier

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Part of the comfort you feel from an air conditioning system involves moisture control. This is because your air conditioner removes humidity as it removes heat. When there is too much humidity in the air, your AC may not be able to successfully remove enough of moisture to make things feel comfortable. But humidity does more than just make the air feel uncomfortable: it can damage your belongings and cause health issues. The installation of a whole-home dehumidifier in St. Augustine can remove the excess moisture in the air while your AC cycles, reducing the effects of high humidity. Professional installation of a whole-home dehumidifier from Climate Masters can re-balance the moisture level in your home.

Signs of Excess Humidity

There are a few telltale signs that there may be too much humidity in your home:

  • Condensation on the inside of your windows – water beads or fog on the inside of your windows indicates there is too much moisture in the air. If left unattended, this moisture may eventually rot the wood casings around the windows; mold can also develop.
  • Mold spots – mold thrives in moist environments; this can include walls and ceilings, particularly in bathrooms and basement spaces.
  • Musty odor – mold has a distinctive, musty odor. If you smell it, you most likely have mold somewhere, even if you can’t see it.

How a Dehumidifier Works

A whole-home dehumidifier removes the excess moisture from the air before it can get into in your system. How does it work? The dehumidifier fan draws warm, humid air over a cold coil, which condenses the moisture into liquid; the water is removed via a drain pipe. The now-dry air then passes over a warm coil and is added back into your system. A whole-home dehumidifier can be seamlessly added to your air conditioning system, and works as part of the system so there’s no extra managing it on your part.

Excess humidity can cause damage to your home and health problems for you and your family.

If you see the signs of excess humidity, it may be time to consider the installation of a whole-home dehumidifier in St. Augustine. Call Climate Masters today.

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Reasons to Install a Dehumidifier in Your Furnace

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Florida is infamous for its high humidity, and if you’ve lived here for even a single season you’ll understand why. Humidity causes more than discomfort; however, it can cause problems throughout your home. With the heating installation of a dehumidifier onto your furnace, you can help remove the moisture from the air the furnace circulates through your home—a “whole-home humidifier” solution to your troubles from Florida’s muggy climate.

Having a dehumidifier installed isn’t difficult: you only have to call Climate Masters and ask about our dehumidifier installation in St. Augustine, FL. Our indoor air quality specialists will be glad to tell you about your options and schedule a professional installation that will take care of your home’s humidity problems.

Why Install a Dehumidifier? Here Are a Few Good Reasons:

  • Increased comfort: Humidity makes a house feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Whatever the temperature in your home, humidity will cause you to find it hotter than it should be because the moisture that condenses on your skin releases extra heat.
  • Prevent mold and mildew: High humidity inside a home will promote the growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria, often in places you can’t see such as your vents. All these pollutants can lead to health troubles like nausea, dizziness, breathing problems, and flu-like symptoms—especially if they are growing in the ducts connected to your furnace. They also will damage building material and create musty, unpleasant odors. A humidifier on your furnace will help keep these contaminants from growing inside your home.
  • Prevent damage to furnishings: High humidity leads to such damage to your home’s décor as peeling wallpaper, warping floor boards, wet spots on the floor and ceiling, and damaged furniture finishing.
  • Alleviation of other health problems: Aside from the issues with mildew, high humidity can contribute to trouble sleeping, asthma, and increased problems with allergies.

You Need a Whole-House Dehumidifier

Although you can purchase portable dehumidifiers for single rooms, these are only useful to combat mild problems in part of the house. To effectively reduce the humidity throughout your home, without making the air too dry, you should have a professional install a whole-house dehumidifier onto your furnace. Make sure you have the dehumidifier serviced annually so that it works its best.

The indoor air quality specialists at Climate Masters are dedicated to helping you have the most comfortable and safe home environment possible. Call them today to talk about a heating installation in St. Augustine, FL that will help you control high humidity.

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