All You Need to Know About Dehumidifiers

Did you know that most people in the USA spend about 80-90% of their time indoors? Much of that time is spent at home; therefore, it is important to consider the quality of your home’s indoor air. While air quality can suffer in a variety of ways, extra moisture is the air is a serious concern. If not dealt with properly, excess moisture in the air can cause many issues within your home, such as peeling paint, mold, warped wood, mildew, not to mention unpleasant odors.

If You Are Unsure About Your Air’s Moisture Levels

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether your home’s air is suffering from excess moisture. An easy way to determine the humidity of your home’s air is to purchase a hygrometer, otherwise known as a humidity gauge. These can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores.

What Can You Do About Excess Moisture in Your Home?

Investing in a dehumidifier is the most direct way to deal with poor air quality due to excess moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers vary in sizes and functions, but they all will improve the quality of your home’s indoor air. They do this by utilizing a fan, which moves moist air over a cold metal coil; the moisture then condenses into water and is simply drained away. The air that is filtered once again passes over a coil, this time warm, and redistributes the air back into your home. Dehumidifiers are a smart choice for better indoor air quality.

What Size Should You Choose?

Since dehumidifiers are available in both portable and whole house versions, it’s important to determine just how much humidity you are dealing with in your home. Portable units are perfect for when the excess moisture is confined to just one area of the home, such as in the laundry room or basement. Whole house units are better suited to home’s that have overall high humidity throughout the entire area of your house.

Smaller, portable units can be picked up at home improvement stores and are rather inexpensive. Whole house dehumidifiers, however, are a bigger investment as they connect to your home’s pre-existing HVAC system and require installation by professional HVAC technicians.

Here is an easy way to determine your needs:

Calculate the square footage of the area with excess moisture. If it is your whole home, then use the square footage for that. In general, you will want a dehumidifier that can hold about 10 to 12 pints of water for 500 square feet. For every additional 500 square feet, you’ll need to add four more pints in capacity. For instance, if you are looking to dehumidify an area that is 1,000 square feet, then you would need at least a 14 pint capacity dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers can be beneficial for a home with excess moisture in the air. If you’re curious about what products would best reduce the amount of moisture in your home’s air, give us a call today. At HVAC Construction, we have over 25 years of HVAC experience and guarantee the best possible service when it comes to all your indoor air quality needs. We’ll help you find a solution that fits your needs and your budget. Call us at 801-447-2057.

Home Organization Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

There are many great reasons to keep your living space in good order, but did you know that keeping your home organized can also save you time and money? It’s true! We’ve compiled a great list of home organization hacks that will reduce clutter and excess spending.

Money Saving Organizational Tips

Don’t let your home get out of control. Reclaim your space and find out why having an unorganized home is a money sink… and a big time waster. If you’re feeling like your living space is stressing you out, or if you find yourself re-purchasing items each time you visit the store, but can never locate them when you need to, read on. You may want to reconsider your home organization strategy.

 

Home Organization Hacks

Once you get your home in proper order, top it off with a maintenance check on your HVAC system. By ensuring that your heating and cooling system is in excellent working condition, you’ll rest easy that your home’s indoor air is as clean and comfortable as the newly organized home you’ve created. This means a happier, healthier environment for all! Call (801) 447-2057.

Top Tips for Staying Warm and Saving Money This Winter from HVAC Construction

Now that winter is in full swing, many Salt Lake City homeowners are working on staying warm while also keeping energy costs low. This is certainly no easy task, but with helpful information at your disposal, you will be able to save energy without compromising home comfort. Below, we have rounded up some of our top articles on winter home comfort and energy efficiency to help you save money while staying comfortable this winter season.

7 Top Articles on Winter Home Comfort and Energy Efficiency

With a little work, you can be on your way to Here are just a few of our favorite articles from our blog archives:

Tips for Saving Energy in Winter

Energy bills tend to go through the roof in the winter months when you’re trying to keep your home warm. These articles offer great advice:

  • In Ways to Save Energy When Heating Your Home this Winter, we discuss the top tips for saving energy when you are trying to keep warm in the winter. From sealing up air leaks to adjusting the temperature while you are away, you will find a range of great advice here.
  • Reduce Home Heating Costs this Winter goes one step further to discuss some alternate tips for keeping your heating costs low. This advice will help you save more each year for many winters to come.
  • Finally, in Energy Saving Tips for Winter, we go beyond just the world of HVAC to discuss some simple ways to save more energy this winter. These tips are also great for conserving energy year-round.

Winter Home Comfort Tips

It can be hard to stay comfortable once the temperatures outside start to drop. However, we have put together some helpful advice for Salt Lake City residents who want to stay warm and comfortable this winter:

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Winter can certainly do a number on your home. It’s important to make sure that both your home and your furnace are ready for the winter. Here are some articles that offer some advice on winter home preparation:

  • In Why It’s Important to Prepare Your Utah Home for Winter, we explain just that! Find out why winter weather home preparation is necessary, and use our tips to help get you started.
  • The last thing you want during the winter months is for your furnace to malfunction or breakdown. You can prevent this by learning more about the warning signs. Our article, Signs Your Furnace May be Malfunctioning provides four of the biggest signs that your furnace may need some professional attention.

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