The indoor air quality experts at Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions know that often-overlooked humidity problems in Greater Tucson area homes and business offices can cause many comfort and health complications. While air that’s too dry doesn’t help to make your indoor environment any more comfortable, neither does air that has too much moisture in it.
Ideally, your indoor air should have between 30 percent and 50 percent humidity if you want to be comfortable and eliminate many of the problems associated with excess moisture in your home air.
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Dangers of Overly Humid Air
Dust Mites Love Humid Air
One major problem with an excessive amount of humidity in the air is that it promotes the growth of dust mites. These organisms can trigger allergic reactions in many people. Even if you have an indoor air filtration system to remove these types of allergens, too much humidity in the air can make it hard for the system to do its job right.
However, by controlling your indoor humidity with a home dehumidifier or a commercial dehumidifier, you can also control the spread of dust mites. These creatures can’t actually survive in an environment where humidity levels are below 50 percent, so if you can maintain a level below that in your home, you won’t have to rely on your air purification system to remove these irritating allergens.
Humid Air Promotes Mold Growth
Humidity is also necessary element for the development of mold. This can occur just about anywhere in your home or office, particularly in places you don’t often look. So, if you don’t currently have a home dehumidifier or commercial dehumidifier, it’s quite possible that you have a significant mold problem and don’t even know it.
Unfortunately, mold can do all sorts of damage to the structural supports of a building, as well as to any wood or fabric furniture inside and even to the walls themselves. Along with dust mites, mold is also a significant allergen, and you’ll be helping out your indoor air filtration system a great deal if you keep mold at bay with a dehumidifier.
Overly Humid Air Traps Musky Odors
Humidity in the air often keeps unpleasant odors lingering for far longer than they would otherwise, particularly those associated with molds and mildew. Of course, you can put in a charcoal filter or other odor-removal device as part of your indoor air cleaning system, and you may even be able to control the odors that way. But a better option, really, is just to remove the excess humidity from the air with a home dehumidifier or commercial dehumidifier. You’ll find that the odors, as well as what’s causing them, are quickly eliminated.
Draining a Dehumidifier
Because dehumidifiers collect moisture from the air, they need to have some way of disposing of the water they accumulate. Many have a collection tank that you’ll need to empty from time to time. When you’re selecting the best dehumidifier for your home or business, you’ll want to make sure that the tank is big enough that it won’t need to be emptied too often and small enough that you’ll be able to handle it yourself when it’s full of water.
Alternatively, you can select a dehumidifier model that lets you hook up a hose or a similar attachment that will allow for constant drainage from the unit. This is a viable option, particularly if you wind up installing your dehumidifier in an out-of-the-way or hard-to-reach area of your home or business.
Selecting the Best Dehumidifier for the Job
It’s also important to make sure you have the best dehumidifier for the desired size of the task. Will you need a whole-house dehumidifier or just a room dehumidifier? Keep in mind, though, that the area you want to dehumidify isn’t the only factor to take into account in determining the size of the unit you need. You also need to know how bad your humidity problem is, because it will have an impact on how powerful of a system you need. Call the experts at Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions to assess your indoor air quality needs and to provide you with the best dehumidifier for the task at hand.