Is a Dehumidifier Right for Your Clearwater Home?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Most people are familiar with dehumidifiers. It is an appliance that looks similar to your air conditioner and appears to work similarly too – except that the air flow is reversed. It is a common appliance in many Clearwater homes. The air coming out of the unit is usually warm as opposed to cold with the air conditioner. This is a reaction to the function of the appliance, which is to remove excess humidity from the air.
Excess moisture, if left untreated, can lead to damage of your household furniture as well as exacerbate allergies and other health conditions. Typical symptoms of too much moisture include condensation on walls and windows, growth of mold, and musty smells. If you are having this problem, one of the simplest ways to counteract these effects is to remove the moisture at its source with a dehumidifier.
These problems are common in Clearwater due to the high humidity levels inherent in Florida’s climate. High humidity poses a threat to both health and property and controlling indoor air quality starts with getting humidity levels under control.
Keeping your indoor humidity balanced offers a number of benefits. Proper humidity levels will not harbor dangerous bacteria or mold but will also provide enough moisture for your sinuses to drain properly and your wooden structures to not dry out. Too little humidity can be just as detrimental as too much.
For this reason, the use of a dehumidifier should be done with care. The unit itself should be running properly. If the humidistat is broken, then the unit will remove too much moisture in the air. The humidistat is similar to a thermostat. If the latter operates in accordance with temperature changes, the former operates in accordance with humidity changes. The dehumidifier turns on and off with the preferred humidity setting.
Although most units are small and are easy to operate, it is tempting for Clearwater homeowners to try to check for problems by themselves. Due to the complex nature of such specialized equipment, it is best to let an indoor air quality professional troubleshoot any problems you may have with your dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers consist of parts that are serviceable only by skilled individuals. Also, the unit contains a refrigerant which should never be handled by anyone other than a professional to ensure safety. Electrical mishaps are also possible since the equipment runs by electricity.
It is wise to contact a professional if a dehumidifier needs repair. This ensures your unit will run properly and safely into the future. The only thing left for you to do is to maintain the cleanliness of the equipment, usually by cleaning the filter, and to remove the water which collects in the drain pan under the unit.