So, you’re probably wondering why anyone would want to be considering how to keep heat and humidity away from the home, especially considering we are right in the middle of winter. Surely, at this cold time of year, when the thermostat has been turned up to full and all of the heating appliances are set to house fire levels, the last thing anyone should be wanting is rid of natural warmth. But the truth is that, despite seeming like it is such a long way away now, summer will soon be here. As such, there are things that can be done now to keep that harmful humidity level down and ensure that dry air is king during the hotter months.
Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Heat…
The last thing anyone will want to do is spend all summer battling heat and humidity in your home, which is why it is a good idea to ensure that everything is in good working order before then. Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioner appliances collectively form your home’s HVAC system, and each has a part to play in ensuring that your home is kept at the right temperature. However, a problem with one element of these, such as cracks in the pipework leading to leaks, or block vents not allowing the air to circulate properly, will mean that the HVAC as a whole will over-compensate or break down. The most common issue that occurs when any part of the system fails, is an increase of moisture in the air, leading to condensation, dampness, mildew, and more.
Humidity is caused within the home when that moisture in the air is heated, and then not ventilated away or recycled as dry air by the AC unit. The air is heated by the furnace during the winter months, but in the summer this heating is natural. If there is an issue with the air conditioner (which you would probably notice as a faulty AC unit contributes to one of the louder noises around the house), then you should call out the pros right away and contact Central Heating Consultants.
On a more serious note.
Why are humidity levels in the home such a problem? Extra moisture in the air is a nightmare for both your electrical equipment and appliances, granted. However, excess moisture in the home’s atmosphere, when heated, makes for humid air and this can really do a number on your health.
If you have ever seen mold appear on your walls, then you should be cautious. Mold is nothing more than a spread of harmful bacteria and demonstrates that excess moisture is a breeding ground for harmful microbes and viruses. These lead to other medical conditions but can be far worse for those who have a pre-existing medical condition.
Low humidity not only prevents structural damages but also ensures that family members with allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma are kept completely safe in the home.
Extra benefits of your AC Unit.
Cold air shouldn’t be completely dry, but the more moisture in the home’s atmosphere will add to your energy bill during the winter months and your medical bill during the summer. Admittedly though, a little indoor humidity is still acceptable, but during the colder months, when your heating system is trying to warm the air, it will be working much harder to heat the water particles that are present as well.
One smart way to take the pressure off the boiler or furnace is to have a heat pump installed on to your AC unit. A heat pump warms the air that is cycling through the air conditioner but keeps it mostly dry. This way, when you are heating the home to a moderate level, you don’t have to rely on the heating system too much, but still have warm air and lower indoor humidity levels. Your AC system will keep you warm during the early spring and late fall, and cool during the summer.