controlling home humidity to prevent sickness

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We’re well into another Loganville summer, and the humidity levels are all over the place. The ideal humidity level for a home is between 35% and 50%, but with so much fluctuation in the weather, that can be a challenge to maintain. When used correctly, humidifiers and dehumidifiers can prevent mold, improve air quality, and can help reduce congestion and allergy symptoms. But many homeowners don’t know how to determine which system they need.

That’s where we come in.

Dehumidifiers

  • Remove moisture from the air
  • Help control allergies and headaches by preventing fungus buildup
  • Are typically used to reduce indoor humidity during the summer

There are a variety of dehumidifiers available, but the most common is the refrigerative dehumidifier. This system uses a fan to pull the air over a refrigerated coil, removing heat and humidity from the air. Larger HVAC dehumidifier units are also available for homes that face constant problems with too much humidity.

Humidifiers

  • Add moisture to the air
  • Help control allergies and congestion
  • Reduce dry skin
  • Are typically used to combat dry air in the winter months

There are two types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist. Cool mist humidifiers use a cooling system to evaporate water and push it into the air. Warm mist humidifiers boil water to release steam into the air. Cool mist humidifiers are recommended for use around children and pets, because they don’t used hot water, so there’s lower risk of injury. On the whole, humidifiers require slightly more upkeep than dehumidifiers, because their water reservoirs can grow mold or mildew if not cleaned and dried properly between uses.

Let us solve your air quality woes. Call J.H. Martin Mechanical for a professional assessment of the air quality solutions needed for your home.