Here in the Shenandoah Valley, the summers can be brutally humid, sometimes leaving our homes feeling sticky and damp. If you’ve noticed excess humidity in your home, you may think of it as only a comfort issue; however, excess moisture can have a negative impact on your home as well. Fortunately, you can keep indoor moisture under control with our June Indoor Air Quality of the Month, the Ultra-Aire Whole-Home Dehumidifier.
Common Issues Caused by Excess Moisture
If you’ve noticed any of the following at your Shenandoah Valley home, it’s time to consider dehumidification.
- Bad Odors
An excess of moisture buildup in the home can cause mildew, mold growth, and wood rot. These conditions, even if hidden, will cause unpleasant musty odors to permeate your living area.
- Increased Allergy Symptoms
Uncontrolled humidity allows for mold growth which impairs your indoor air quality. Mold releases spores that are irritating to skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
- Discoloration on Ceilings and Walls
Humidity causes condensation on ductwork that can drip down onto ceilings and within walls, causing brown spots and damaging your ceilings and walls.
- High Energy Bills
If your air conditioning unit is trying to cool and dehumidify your home, the task may be too much. High energy bills may be the result of your AC running too often in an attempt to reduce moisture in the air.
Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
Ideally, the humidity in your home should stay around 30% to 50%. Most air conditioning units aren’t equipped to maintain humidity levels when humidity climbs, such as during the summer months in the Harrisonburg and Elkton areas.
Maintaining consistent, healthy humidity levels is what a dehumidifier like the Ultra-Aire 70H Whole-Home Dehumidifier is designed to do. Installing one of these units will:
Promote healthier indoor air quality (IAQ)
You and your family will feel better when your health is no longer compromised by high humidity and mold.
Protect your home from mold and mildew growth
You’ll protect your investment by reducing moisture that leads to mold growth and wood rot. You’ll also be protecting belongings stored in areas that tend toward dampness, like your basement or crawl space.
Lower your energy bills
With a dehumidifier working to reduce humidity, your air conditioning can run more efficiently and use less fuel for more reasonable utility bills.
Reduce unwanted odors
Say good-bye to those strange and unpleasant odors caused by wet walls and ceilings, mold and mildew.
June Spotlight: The Ultra-Aire 70H Whole-Home Dehumidifier
The Ultra-Aire 70H is a compact unit made to fit into spaces that most dehumidifiers can’t. Its flexible air flow configurations and ability to operate vertically or horizontally allow it to fit into tight spaces in mechanical rooms, closets, attics, basements, and crawl spaces. In spite of its compact size, the Ultra-Aire 70H can remove up to 70 pints of water a day from the air.
Boost your home’s energy performance and enjoy a healthier home with an Ultra-Aire Whole-Home Dehumidifier. At Excel Heating and Cooling, we believe Ultra-Aire whole-home dehumidifiers are the best option for ensuring your home is comfortable, healthy, and free of excess moisture. We’ll help you select the best unit for your home and provide smooth installation, from start to finish.