While the average person may be unaware, the indoor air quality experts at Lovotti Air Conditioning & Heating know that humidity problems in Stockton, CA area homes can cause many comfort and health complications. While air that’s too dry doesn’t help to make your indoor environment any more comfortable, neither does air that has too much moisture in it. Ideally, your indoor air should have between 30% and 50% humidity if you want to be comfortable and eliminate many of the problems associated with excess moisture in your home air.
One big problem with an excessive amount of humidity in the air is that it promotes the growth of dust mites. These organisms can trigger allergic reactions from many people and even if you have an indoor air filtration system to remove just these types of allergens, too much humidity in the air can make it hard for the system to do its job right.
However, by controlling your indoor humidity with a dehumidifier, you can also control the spread of dust mites. These creatures can’t actually survive in an environment where humidity levels are below 50%, so if you can maintain a level like that in your home, you won’t have to rely on your air purification system to remove these irritating allergens.
Humidity is also a necessary element for the development of mold. This can occur just about anywhere in your home, particularly in places you don’t often look. So if you don’t currently have a home dehumidifier, it’s quite possible that you have a significant mold problem and don’t even know it.
Unfortunately, mold can do all sorts of damage to the structural supports of your home, to your wood or fabric furniture, and even to your walls themselves. Mold is another significant allergen as well, and you’ll be helping out your indoor air filtration system a great deal if you can get rid of as much of it as possible.
Humidity in the air also makes it more likely to hold unpleasant odors, particularly those associated with molds and mildew. Of course, you can put in a charcoal filter or other odor removal device as part of your indoor air cleaning system and you may even be able to control the odors that way. But a better option really is just to remove the excess humidity from the air with a dehumidifier. You’ll find that the odors, as well as what’s causing them, are quickly eliminated.
Because dehumidifiers collect moisture from the air, they need to have some way of disposing of the water that accumulates. Many have a collection tank that you’ll need to empty from time to time. When you’re selecting your dehumidifier, you’ll want to make sure that the tank is big enough that it won’t need to be emptied too often and small enough that you’ll be able to handle it yourself when it’s full of water.
Alternatively, you can select a dehumidifier model that lets you hook up a hose or other attachment that will allow for constant drainage from the unit. This is a good option particularly if you wind up installing your dehumidifier in an out of the way or hard to reach area of your home.
It’s also important to make sure you have a dehumidifier that’s the right size for the task. Keep in mind, though, that the size of the area you want to dehumidify isn’t the only factor to take into account in determining the size of the unit you need. You also need to know how bad your humidity problem is, because that will have an impact on how powerful of a system you need as well.
If you live in the Greater Stockton and Modesto, California area and are ready to tackle a humidity problem in your home, call Lovotti Air today. We always have expert staff on hand ready to answer your questions and we’ll be glad to take care of all of your dehumidification needs.