Whole-house dehumidifier a cool idea in summer heat

By Joel Wensley
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 uses 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 humidity in the summertime means you stay cooler!

Wipe out that clammy feeling.

Get rid of indoor stickiness.

Say goodbye to musty odors.

Use the system with a humidistat to maintain a desired level of humidity, or you can use a timer function to run the unit at certain times of the day.

When humidity is removed from 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.

(Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a contributor on Fox 2 News on WJBK-TV Channel 2, and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.)