Controlling the humidity of your home is equally as important as controlling the temperature. In fact, excessive moisture in the home can lead to various health risks and lasting structural damage. This is why Abner Boiler & Heating Company installs Aprilaire® dehumidifiers. We not only work to keep you cool and comfortable, we also aim to improve your health.
Do You Need a Dehumidifier?
An easy way to determine your home’s humidity level is by purchasing a hygrometer. We recommend keeping the relative humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. If your home is consistently above this metric, you should invest in a dehumidifier. Additional signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, mildew growth, musty odors, and peeling paint.
Health Benefits of Humidity Control
Did you know that breathing damp air can irritate your lungs, making it difficult to breathe and exacerbating asthma symptoms? Additionally, dust mites and allergens (like mold and mildew) thrive in moist conditions. Controlling your home’s humidity can significantly decrease the ability of these allergens to survive and/or multiply. Also, keeping your home’s humidity within the proper range can reduce the amount of toxins released into the air from things like cigarette smoke, varnish, and carpeting.
Protect Your Home
While mold and mildew may sound bad enough, excessive moisture can also attract termites and other wood-destroying insects. Termites, in particular, are attracted to damp, rotting wood. Controlling your home’s humidity can actually deter these pests from feasting on your home. Additionally, moisture can damage your home’s wooden support beams, floors, furniture, and insulation.
Did you know that air conditioners actually reduce humidity in the home? If you are sweating it out this summer, you may want to consider investing in an air conditioner or HVAC system. For many homes, though, an air conditioner isn’t enough to properly control the home’s humidity. At Abner, we can measure and assess your home to determine the appropriate dehumidifier and air conditioning system to perfectly control your home’s climate.
To learn more about controlling your home’s temperature and humidity, contact Abner at (608) 274-3077. We will gladly answer all of your questions and provide a free estimate. Our goal is to make your Madison, WI, home the best it can be. Allow us to help enhance your health, increase your comfort, and protect your belongings with an Aprilaire® dehumidifier today.