The ultimate guide to humidity—and why you need a dehumidifier ASAP

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Protect your home and health by working with the professionals at Van’s One Hour to learn about humidity issues and receive an air quality monitoring report.

It’s hard to keep your cool during the hot, hazy, and humid days of summer.

Humidity (the amount of moisture in the air) can make sweltering summer temps unbearable, thanks to a little thing called The Heat Index. According to the National Weather Service, The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when you factor the actual temperature with how much relative humidity is in the air.

Let’s say the thermometer reads 96 degrees Fahrenheit (which, let’s be honest, is already pretty hot), and the relative humidity comes out as 65 percent, it’s going to feel like 121 degrees Fahrenheit —categorized as “dangerous” heat.

Scorching temperatures mixed with excessive humidity is not only uncomfortable, but it’s also hazardous to your health. Some of the risks include fatigue, dehydration, muscle cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

So, how do you combat this horrid humidity? Installing a whole-home dehumidifier as part of your house’s heating and cooling system can automatically remove moisture throughout your residence—reducing energy usage and increasing comfort levels.

According to Aprilaire, a manufacturer of dehumidifiers, “many homeowners make the mistake of overcooling their homes in an effort to mitigate high humidity. Not only do they end up expending more energy, they still can’t get comfortable because an air conditioner is not an effective dehumidifier.” Controlling the humidity indoors allows you to keep your “set point” temperature on your thermostat higher, causing the air conditioner to run less.

In general, the relative humidity of your living space should be around 40-60 percent. Anything higher than 60 percent can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and dust mites. Oh, and excess humidity can rot your house’s drywall, wood, and furnishings. But, like Goldilocks, your house’s humidity levels have to be just right. Low relative humidity (less than 25 percent) can aggravate asthma, bronchitis, and lead to nosebleeds, dry eyes, and dry skin.

Whole-home dehumidification is a simple, low-maintenance solution to keeping humidity at bay. The Aprilaire Dehumidifier Model 1850/1850W is designed for whole-home dehumidification, basements, crawlspaces, and sealed attics. It’s installed as part of your heating and cooling system by a local HVAC professional. This set-it-and-forget-it model pulls air from every room in your house through the return ducts. Then, it removes the moisture and sends dry air back through each room. It works with your A/C unit to efficiently balance the humidity levels but can work independently on days the air conditioner isn’t needed.

Protect your home and health by working with the professionals at Van’s One Hour to learn about humidity issues and receive an air quality monitoring report. Visit www.onehourgreenbay.com or call 866-573-8386 to schedule a Home Comfort Consult.

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