Some technological advances that were once considered luxuries in life have now become necessities. Case in point: HVAC systems. No home or office space would be complete without the comfort they bring. As understanding its basic concepts is part of maintenance, home and business owners should take it one step further and familiarize themselves with the manufacturing process.
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.
This spring and summer, you will be thinking about running around in the sprinklers, hitting the local pool, and making a splash at your local bloc party or BBQ cookoff. You don’t need to be bogged down thinking about your energy bill… until it arrives. Though air conditioners cost less to operate than heating systems typically do, it can get Southwest-hot in Utah and your AC could hike up your energy costs if you don’t treat it right.
Still, you don’t have time this spring and summer to worry about big, ugly maintenance tasks or constant monitoring of your thermostat just to save a few bucks – you should be out enjoying the sunshine! So we have done the dirty work for you by compiling these easy, worry-free ways to go green and still enjoy top notch home comfort:
Four Energy Efficient Home Comfort Tips for Spring
Over the years, your home has gotten a little lazy with its posture. Naturally, buildings and structures like houses sag a bit with age and, though these shifts are largely harmless, you could find yourself with gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Even an imperceptible sliver can let in the hot air and let the cool air from your air conditioner escape. Not only is that the equivalent of letting dollars seep out into the front yard, but it also makes your air conditioner work twice as hard to keep you comfy. Make sure to weatherstrip your windows and caulk any visible cracks to combat this problem.
Change your filters
Air filters are essential to keeping your indoor air quality exceptional, thus keeping your family safe and healthy. However, did you know that they’re also instrumental in making sure your HVAC system performs as it should? That’s right, a clean air filter ensures that your air conditioner has the best shot at cooling your home with ease and if your filter is grimy, your air conditioner will have to labor against the dust and dirt to bring cool air to your home. This can cause performance issues, unnecessary wear & tear on your system, and major spikes in your energy bill.
While the weather is hot during the sunny parts of the day, it can get nice and cool in the evenings. Shut off the AC in favor of opening the windows after dusk to cool your home naturally, affordably, and sustainably all through the night.
Trust your thermostat
Your thermostat has optimal use settings that can help you know how best to improve your energy efficiency. These technologies are smart and know how to help you lower your bill, your carbon footprint, and the impact of use on your system. A smart and programmable thermostat can also monitor your household’s unique usage of your system to make recommendations and adjustments that will positively impact your energy usage.
For more eco-friendly home comfort advice, or to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for spring in Utah, check out our AC maintenance services or call the number at the top of the page!