Humidity, not heat, impacts comfort, health

You’ve heard it a million times before: It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

Excess humidity can have a big impact on your home’s comfort and the health of your family.

We all know that excessive moisture can be a bad thing, causing mold growth, breathing problems and even damage to the windows and wood in our homes. But other than running a single room dehumidifier, what can be done?

Your healthy solution is a whole-house dehumidifier. You heard right. This unit actually removes excessive humidity not just from one room, but utilizes your home’s existing ductwork to remove humidity from every room in your house automatically.

It works much in the same way that a portable room dehumidifier does. Humid air passes through refrigerant coils extracting the humidity. The water is then collected and conveniently run to a nearby drain, so you never have a messy pan of water to try and balance to empty.

Since it’s attached to your home’s ductwork, your living room, upstairs and even basement remain perfectly dry and less humid in the summer times mean you stay cooler.

To help wipe out that clammy feeling, get rid of indoor stickiness and say goodbye to musty odors, use the system with a humidistat to maintain a desired level of humidity. You also can use its timer function to run at certain times of the day.

By removing the humidity in the air, our skin more readily evaporates moisture, and that’s how our bodies cool down. So in a nutshell, the less humidity in our homes, the more our skin evaporates moisture and the cooler we feel — even in the sticky summer heat.

A whole-house dehumidifier could be your solution to a drier, healthier way to live.

Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Comfort Institute, and is also the president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.