Humidity and my home
Humidity can destroy a home. Mold, mildew, dust mites and dank smells are only a few
of the annoyances with which you'll have to deal if you allow your home to linger in high
humidity. If you keep the humidity too lowthough, you'll irritate the soft tissue of your
respiratory tract. Nobody will want to come to your house and your friends will all talk
about you behind your back.
Keep your living areas between 30% and50% relative humidity. 40% to 45% is the ideal
home humidity range Use a low power dehumidifier. Thermoelectric or Peltier
dehumidifiers use a tiny fraction of the power used by typical compressor based
models. They're also quieter and run much cooler. Onthe down side, they work slower
than their power hungry, noisy compressor-laden competition.
If you want a beast with a compressor, at least spend a couple of extra bucks to get a
dehumidifier with the Energy Star rating to stay within the ideal home humidity range.
You'll be happier and your friends will stop talking about your musty-smelly apartment
behind your back.
So, what is Dehumidification, and what does it have to do with the Air Conditioning and
Well, Dehumidification is Air Conditioning. When an Air Conditioner is operating
in thecooling mode, it is actually removing humidity from the air. In many areas of the world
that may not seem so important, but, in very humid areas such as Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and
California, excess humidity can cause many Indoor Air Quality issues such as mildew or
accelerated mold growth. Proper operation of an air conditioning system in areas such as these
is vital--to the health of the residents, as well as the well-being of the building.