Whole House Dehumidifiers
A clammy, uncomfortable indoor home environment may be a sign of high humidity. At Apex Air, we’re aware of how this excessive moisture causes more harm than just a little discomfort. For instance, high levels of humidity in the air aids in the growth of mold and bacteria throughout the home.
Although air conditioners regulate temperature and remove humidity from the air, humidity levels in some climates and seasons, such as ours here in the Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, metro area, can be too high for an air conditioner to handle. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, keeping the indoors drier, healthier, and more comfortable.
How a Whole-House Dehumidifier Works
The most efficient dehumidifiers work with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Air is drawn from ducts through a loop and then flows over the evaporator coil, which removes humidity. This dry air is cycled back into the duct system, cooled and distributed throughout the house. Extracted moisture is routed through the main plumbing system to avoid overloading the heating and air conditioning system’s condensate drain pans.
Why You Should Have a Dehumidifier
When humidity levels go higher than 50 percent, mold and mildew can grow. Bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms often have higher levels of humidity than living areas. Humidity can damage carpets, upholstery, and bedding, as well as the structural elements of your home. Dust mites, termites, cockroaches, and centipedes thrive in moist environments.
All these undesirable elements can cause respiratory problems or trigger asthma attacks for those who suffer from it. Dehumidifier installation can reduce these risks and deliver a cleaner, healthier living environment for all. These are some of the benefits you can expect from a dehumidifier in your home:
• Reduced mold and microorganism growth
• Reduced allergy and asthma attacks
• Controlled dust
• Lowered utility expenses
• Less-taxed heating and air conditioning systems
• Decreased maintenance, cleaning, and servicing needs
If for some reason, a whole-house humidifier is not an option for you, consider a stand-alone humidifier. Stand-alone dehumidifiers remove humidity from individual rooms or moist areas like basements. Large-capacity units have bigger water reservoirs and remove more moisture than smaller units, but they may cycle on and off more frequently. Many have helpful features such as automatic restart and a light showing when the water tank is full.
Whole-House Dehumidifier Installation and Replacement
Whether building a new home or reducing the moisture in an existing home, whole-house dehumidifier installation has many benefits to offer. We offer complete installation services and provide trusted brand equipment backed by our professional services.
Many homes in the area are equipped with dehumidifiers. Unfortunately, these HVAC systems do get their workout, as they can work on a continuous basis. Whether seeking a more cost-efficient model or looking to maximize the quiet technology that goes into a newer dehumidifier, a replacement may be a solution for you.
Home Dehumidifier Services and Maintenance
If you are having an issue with your current dehumidifier, our professional technicians will complete full diagnostic services on it to determine if it should be repaired or replaced. Our technicians have complete knowledge of all the units available and the benefits you can expect. Working with your specific needs, our technicians make recommendations and provide fast, efficient replacement services when entrusted with these HVAC service needs.
Since your dehumidifier works so hard for much of the year, it receives its share of wear and tear. Along with this normal wear, it also accumulates dirt and debris simply from doing its job. According to a National Association of Home Builders study, the average lifespan of a dehumidifier is about eight years, depending on the amount of work it does and proper maintenance it receives. To keep yours in optimum working order, be sure to have it cleaned and serviced regularly by one of our experienced professionals. You can do your part by changing your filter a couple times a year.
When you have questions or are looking for a dehumidifier installation, repair, or maintenance, call our experts at Apex Air at 360-342-8109. With a proper working dehumidifier in your home, you’ll be able to enjoy a clean, comfortable environment for years to come.