Control Excess Humidity

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Excess humidity in your home is more than just uncomfortable, it’s unhealthy.

Excess moisture in your home can be obvious. You might smell it in the form of musty odors. You might see it in the form of mold and mildew. You might  even feel it in the form of sweat or clamminess. In fact, your home might fell damp and dank, just like a cave – and that’s anything but inviting.

Discomfort is just one of the many problems associated with excess humidity in your home. Excess humidity can also impact the health of your family, the longevity of your home’s structure and even your energy usuage.

Allergies and asthma.

Excess moisture can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms by creating the perfect breeding ground for mold and insects. Whether it’s from air that’s trapped in a bathroom or basement, condensation on windows or moisture that seeps up through your carpeting, mold is common in many households. And just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Molds can trigger allergy and asthma, causing everything from minor irritations, like nasal stuffiness and skin irritation, to fever and shortness of breath. When residents have chronic lung illnesses, mold can even infect their lungs.

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Insects are also drawn to places where moisture is high. Dust mites – a major allergy and asthma trigger – thrive in environments where the relative humidity exceeds 50%

Reducing relative humidity is a practical way to control dust mites and their allergens in homes in temperate climates

Damage to your home and furnishings.

High humidity can lead to warping and damage to wood floors and trim. It can also get trapped in carpeting, furniture and drapes. Family heirlooms, like photos, may also be at risk.

Over-cooling is a costly – and ineffective – solution.

Air that has too much humidity in it actually makes you feel warmer. We’ve all heard the saying it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. That’s especially true in summer months when many homeowners make the mistake of over-cooling 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.

Regardless of where you live, excess humidity is a problem.

Because we live in a Northern climate, indoor humidity is especially pronounced in the summertime when outdoor humidity is also high. You’re likely to notice it more in your basement, where moisture is easily trapped. Conversely, southern climates suffer from excess indoor humidity year-round, and may see a spike during winter months when it’s too cool for the air conditioner to run.

Healthier, more comfortable air is within your reach.

While high humidity is a threat to comfort and health in any home, regardless of climate, there’s an easy solution. An Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier can be installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system to automatically remove the exact right amount of moisture from every room throughout your home.

An Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier can help you:

Control health. By eliminating excess moisture, Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifiers can reduce dust mite growth and the prevalence of mold and other contaminants that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.

Maintain comfort and eliminate odors. That cold, clammy air, that stuffy feeling and those musty, mildew-like odors will be a thing of the past. Aprilaire dehumidifiers remove moisture throughout your home – from the basement to the attic and everywhere in between.

Protect your home. Your home’s structure and your possessions will also be protected against rotting and warping. Wood, drywall, home furnishings and other possessions will last longer when excess humidity is eliminated and proper humidity is maintained.

Improve energy efficiency. When excess humidity is removed from indoor air, you’ll feel cooler at a higher temperature. That means you can set your air conditioner temperature a few degrees higher.

With Aprilaire, dehumidification is also hassle-free. The dehumidifiers are among the quietest on the market – plus, they are installed away from your living space. They automatically extract just the right amount of moisture from the air to continually maintain optimal indoor relative humidity. And, because they are a fully automated part of your heating and cooling system, you don’t have to worry about the messy nuisance of emptying water trays. Just sit back, relax and enjoy a healthier, more comfortable home.

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Use the Living Space Control to control your dehumidifier from any convenient living space.

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Or install a Total Control Thermostat.

This integrates dehumidifier control into a programmable thermostat and minimizes controls on the wall.

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