Do you refer to your basement as damp, dark, or moldy? If so, a dehumidifier might be exactly what you need. No matter what you use your basement for, it’s important to keep your home at the recommended humidity levels to protect your family and your belongings.
Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. Between May and August, the average humidity level in Iowa is about 80. If you have your windows open during cooler days, humidity will enter your home, increasing the humidity levels inside. Lenz Heating and Cooling recommends that your home’s humidity levels should fall between 35 and 50 percent.
What is Dehumidification?
Dehumidification is the process of continuous air circulation through a dehumidifier where the humid air is gradually condensed into water. When humid air is converted into a water form, it collects in a basin so you are physically able to remove the moisture in your home.
Dehumidifier Health and Home Benefits
When you breathe in humid air it can sometimes cause allergies and asthma. Dust mites thrive in moisture-rich environments and will aggravate allergy sufferers. Removing moisture from your home with a dehumidifier will help to reduce these annoying pests in your home.
Built up moisture in your basement allows mold and mildew to grow, causing damage to your home such as peeling wallpaper, warping wood and musty odors. If moisture warps doorways, the door hinges may become rusted. Moisture can also cause rust to form on metals in your home.When the air in your basement or home is filled with excess moisture, your expensive belongings may get damaged. Besides basements, garages are also places that tend to collect a lot of moisture.
How Humidity Causes Heat
Homes with excess humidity levels are naturally warmer than homes with low humidity. Even when the interior temperature of your home is low, humidity can cause your home to feel muggy and warm. A dehumidifier will reduce or eliminate the humidity from your home, resulting in cooler air.
Dehumidifiers Help Cool Your Home
During summer months in Iowa, the weather is hot and the humidity levels are high. Humidity will cause heat in your home forcing you to run your air conditioner constantly to maintain a cool, comfortable living atmosphere. A dehumidifier helps cool your home by removing moisture and humidity in the air, which allows you to run your air conditioner less frequently, resulting in lower electric bills.
Why You Should Purchase A Dehumidifier
If your home is below ground level, you are more likely to have high moisture levels. Airing out your home can help to get rid of moisture, but in Iowa humidity and moisture levels outside are sometimes higher outside than inside, depending on the time of year. To safely eliminate moisture, invest in a dehumidifier to protect your Des Moines home against moisture build up.
Dehumidifiers are available in a variety of sizes, depending on the size of the rooms in your home. To protect your entire home, consider a whole-home dehumidifier so you’ll never have to worry about moisture damage again. Guard your Des Moines and West Des Moines homes from humidity and moisture buildup. The professionals at Lenz Heating & Cooling will answer any questions you may have about humidity it your home.