Maintaining ideal humidity levels indoors is important for a number of reasons ranging from health concerns to utility costs. Both your home and your body have ideal humidity levels at which they work optimally and most efficiently.
In dry or arid areas, like New Mexico and Arizona, humidifiers release moisture into the air to keep humidity levels at optimum levels. In the more humid climates of southern New Jersey, however, residents need dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air to keep homes and businesses at optimal levels. Here are three reasons to install a dehumidifier.
1. Makes your home more energy efficient
Humidity is created by air particles picking up water molecules. This excess water in the air makes it harder to heat and to cool. Think of humidity like a pan on the stove. A pan that is half full of water will heat and cool faster than a full pan of water. Since less time is required to heat or cool a pan half full of water, this also saves energy. Ideal humidity levels range between 30 percent and 50 percent, with 50 percent being most optimal. At 50 percent humidity, there is just enough moisture in the air to keep people comfortable, while still allowing for the efficient heating and cooling of the air molecules. This means HVAC systems run most efficiently in these conditions, which cuts down significantly on your utility bills.
2. Helps prevent mold and mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments. Southern New Jersey is particularly susceptible to the formation of mold and mildew, which can cause anywhere from mild to severe health problems. Many people have mold and mildew allergies and some mold can even be toxic. Animals and children are particularly susceptible to developing respiratory issues as a result of exposure to mold and mildew. Air conditioning will help relieve a lot of allergy sufferers from airborne particles, but mold and mildew resides in the house itself and can actually be dispersed by the blowing air of an HVAC system.
3. Creates better health
Air that is too dry will absorb moisture from everything – which includes sources like hair, skin and nails. Air that is too moist, however, doesn’t allow for any further saturation. This means if you sweat, you will not dry off by the excess moisture being absorbed into the air. This can cause any number of uncomfortable health problems, ranging from acne to athlete’s foot. Air that maintains a 30- to 50-percent humidity level means it can still absorb 50 to 70 percent more moisture, which keeps you cool and dry.
For air conditioning installation and humidity control, call Ambient Comfort today, 856-213-6586.
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