Newer, two-stage air conditioning systems can certainly help dehumidify a home. There may be times, however, when a whole-house dehumidifier, manufactured by Aprilaire and installed by Servair is a good investment.
Air conditioning systems are designed to control temperature, not humidity. If it’s cool enough outside that you don’t need to run your AC, but it’s damp enough that your home is uncomfortable, you might consider a whole-house dehumidifier.
According to Peter Blaha, Product Marketing Manger for Aprilaire, whole home dehumidifiers pull air from every room in your home through the return ducts. It removes the moisture and then sends dry air back throughout your home. It works in conjunction with your air conditioner to efficiently balance the humidity levels in your home, but can also work independently on days when you don’t need the air conditioner.
He recommends keeping relative humidity levels below 60% in your home to keep mold and mildew from growing and to keep that musty smell at bay: “There’s been a growing awareness in Southeast Florida for the need to manage humidity in the home,” he notes. “A whole-house system that’s installed and ducted right into your air conditioning system is the way to go. The dehumidifier is installed ‘return to return’ before the AC system and will dehumidify the air for your entire home.”
Blaha cautions against purchasing room-sized solutions from big box retailers: “Portable dehumidifiers treat the air in just one room,” he says. “To properly control health, comfort and preservation throughout your home, you would need to purchase a portable dehumidifier for every room. In this situation, you would consume more electricity than necessary. A more efficient solution is to have a single, whole-home central dehumidifier installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system.
“Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifiers are located out-of-sight and out of your way with quiet operation, hassle-free maintenance and up to four times more energy efficiency than the leading portable dehumidifier.
“Our dehumidifiers help by removing excess moisture and reducing the damage that mildew and mold can have on the sustainability of your home and the health of your family. In addition, a whole home dehumidifier like Aprilaire’s Energy Star rated 1730A can help qualify your home for the Green-Built Certification Program of the National Association of Home Builders.”
Aprilaire dehumidifiers and other air quality products are available locally through Servair Heating & Air Conditioning in Edgewater. Contact Servair for more information and to see if a whole-house dehumidifier is right for you.
Servair is a professional HVAC company, servicing the air conditioning repair, maintenance, and installation needs for people all over the Edgewater, Port Orange, and New Smyrna areas of Eastern Florida.