Humidity Control Systems
“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” We’ve all heard someone say this while fanning themselves in sticky and unrelenting summer weather. They aren’t wrong. Humidity is often an overlooked component of maintaining a pleasant and healthy environment.
Your HVAC system is designed to control temperature and humidity in your home or business, but a humidity control system will add an additional level to your comfort and well-being.
Humidity measures the amount of moisture in the air. During the summer, high humidity means more moisture in the air. During the winter, the dryness you experience is a function of low humidity. Relative humidity is a measure of both moisture and temperature, and this is the magic number to optimize for your ultimate comfort. Ideally, your humidity system will keep your home around 40 to 60 percent relative humidity for optimal comfort and health.
How do you control humidity in the home?
Home humidity control can be achieved with a custom system from Mode Comfort & Air Quality, which can include a humidifier and/or a dehumidifier.
Winter months bring on dry air, and our customers often seek a humidity control system for a resolution to dry, cracked skin on people and their pets, in addition to warping, cracking, and other damage to household furnishings or fixtures. If you have a heat pump, you likely maintain a comfortable humidity in your home. Furnaces, boilers, and wood stoves heat the air more than a heat pump, so if you have one of these in your home or office, you may experience more effects from low humidity. However, you may experience the bad side of low humidity regardless of the heating system you have installed. A humidifier will balance the moisture in the home.
Benefits of a humidifier include:
Adding humidity in the winter will also help those with allergies, asthma, and skin conditions, and decrease the incidence of colds and flu.
Humidifiers are low maintenance, typically requiring the media pad (inexpensive) to be changed once a year and some units may require an annual cartridge replacement (a bit more expensive).
During summer months, excess moisture in the home can lead to mold, allergens, musty odors, mildew, and warping furniture and floors. It also leaves you feeling uncomfortable in your own home with muggy and stifling air. For home humidity control for those sweltering times, a whole house dehumidifier is the answer.
Benefits of a whole house dehumidifier include:
If your air conditioner just can’t handle the levels of humidity you are experiencing in your home, adding a dehumidifier will boost your air conditioner’s efficiency and effectiveness.
We often have customers with concerns about the maintenance commitment that comes with a whole house dehumidifier. The commercial-grade HVAC humidity control products we install have a dedicated drain, eliminating the need to empty or change water trays. Dehumidifiers also often have a washable filter that needs to be rinsed out once or twice annually.
Mode’s Preferred Humidity Controllers
At Mode Comfort & Air Quality, we prefer Aprilaire’s humidity control systems. We have had really good experiences with Aprilaire in regards to product quality and warranty claims. We are so confident in these Aprilaire products that our owner has four Aprilaire humidity control systems in his own home (two humidifiers and two dehumidifiers).
Interested in a humidity control system installation?
You may think of Mode as a heating and cooling company, but the reason our name is Mode Comfort & Air Quality is because, of course, we do heating and air conditioning, but we also specialize in other services to make the air in your home healthier and more comfortable.
Most people are comfortable at 40%-60% humidity. If the humidity in your home or office is below or above that, you may want to consider a humidity control system. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate and find out if a whole house humidifier or dehumidifier may be what you need for both your comfort and the air quality in your home or office.
Why choose Mode Comfort & Air Quality for your humidity control system?
Whether you need residential humidity control or commercial humidity control, Mode Comfort & Air Quality will customize the right humidity system for you. Our personal attention and exceptional service keep our customers coming back. We service and install HVAC humidity control systems at homes and businesses across Richmond, Henrico, Midlothian, Chester, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Moseley. When you need help, there is only one call you need to make. Call us at 804-481-6633.