Humidity Control Systems

If the humidity in your home or business is not balanced, you may experience an array of issues. While your HVAC system is designed to be a temperature and humidity controller, it may not be enough to make you truly comfortable. The solution for a lack of humidity is a humidifier and the solution for too much humidity is a…wait for it…dehumidifier.

Humidifiers

In the winter, we often hear from customers who are experiencing a lack of humidity in the home and know that they need some sort of hvac humidity control. The lack of a humidity controller during the colder months can cause dry, cracked skin on humans and pets, in addition to warping, cracking, and other damage to household furnishings and fixtures. In these situations, we install a humidifier to balance the moisture in the home.

A heat pump does not heat air as much as, say, a furnace, so if you have a heat pump, you very well may have enough 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, some people experience ill effects from very low humidity, regardless of the heating system.

Benefits of adding a humidifier include:

  • Maintaining Wellness

    humidifiers moisten the air to lessen the negative effects of breathing dry air.

  • Protecting Your Home

    humidity controllers help defend your wood floors and furniture from the damage dry air can cause.

  • Energy Savings

    adding a humidifier to your HVAC system will allow you to lower your thermostat and still keep your home or office comfortable.

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 (which is very inexpensive) to be changed once a year and some units may require an annual cartridge replacement (a bit more expensive).

Dehumidifiers

On the opposite end of things, in the summer, excess moisture in the home can lead to mold, allergens, musty odors, mildew, and warping furniture and floors…none of which we want in our living spaces. To combat these evils, we commonly install a whole house dehumidifier.

Benefits of a whole house dehumidifier include:

  • Less sweat and clamminess

    on your skin (you will feel cooler).

  • Minimized allergy and asthma triggers

    such as mold and dust mites (both thrive in high humidity environments).

  • Eradication of comfortable insect breeding grounds

  • Elimination of musty odors

  • Protection for your home

    furnishings, and heirlooms from warping and permanent moisture damage.

  • Improved energy efficiency.

    By removing the excess humidity from your indoor air, you will feel cooler at a higher temperature, enabling you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher.

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 products we install have a dedicated drain, eliminating the need to empty or change water trays. Dehumidifiers also often have a washable filter that will need to be rinsed out once or twice a year.

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. 

We Recommend Aprilaire Humidity Control Systems

Aprilaire’s humidity control systems offer:

  • High product quality
  • Exceptional warranty support

Locations We Serve

We service and install humidity control systems at homes and businesses across Richmond, Henrico, Midlothian, Chester, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Moseley. We frequently work in the following areas—if you need help, we may be close by!

  • Moseley, VA 23120
  • Midlothian, VA 23113 and 23114
  • Richmond, Bon Air, Manchester and Tuckahoe, VA 23225 /23235 / 23229
  • Glen Allen, Short Pump, Innsbrook and Laurel VA, 23060
  • Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Woodlake, VA 23112
  • Powhatan, VA 23139