Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifier’

Watch for These Heating and Cooling Issues This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us, and just because the weather in Winter Park, FL stays much warmer than it does in the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean you won’t have concerns with your HVAC system if you’re going to be entertaining guests in your home this year. Proper heating and cooling is essential to a comfortable home, and you want your guests to be as comfortable as possible when they come to visit.

A little foresight and some judicious use of your thermostat can eliminate potential issues and ensure that everyone feels at their best. It may mean operating your heater or your air conditioning, depending on the weather on Thursday (or later in the year, if you’re hosting anyone in December).

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How Can I Tell if I Need a Dehumidifier?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Residents of Longwood, FL are used to dealing with high temperatures in the summertime. Humidity is also a problem in our neck of the woods, and with that mugginess can come a host of problems for your home and family. In many cases, an air conditioner doubles as a dehumidifier, but it can’t always handle the load. Every home is different, and in some cases, you may be doing just fine keeping the humidity at bay. If you aren’t, a whole-house dehumidifier installed by a trained technician could be the best thing for you… but how do you know if you really need one? Luckily, there are some telltale signs that can help you make that determination. Here’s a quick list of some of them for your perusal.

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Get Ready for Summer with the Installation of a Dehumidifier

Monday, February 1st, 2016

We’re still in the middle of winter here in Orlando, FL, which means relatively cool temperatures. Summer will be here before you know it, however, and in addition to the soaring temperatures comes a truly stifling level of humidity. Your air conditioner can handle the heat just fine, but for the moisture levels, you should consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier in your system. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works and the kinds of benefits it can provide.

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How Can a Dehumidifier Help My Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

It’s no secret that it gets hot and humid in Orlando, FL, during the summer months. The bigger question is: what to do about it? Most people rightfully tackle our tropical summers with whole home air conditioning, which is a great tool for staying comfortable. However, our humidity can sometimes become so intense that some extra help is required, and this is why we suggest the consideration of a whole house dehumidifier. A whole home dehumidifier is just as good for your air conditioner is it is for you, and when you hire experts, like the ones at Downtown Air & Heat, for installation and service, you can rest assured that you will gain all the benefits a dehumidifier offers.

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Can’t I Install a Dehumidifier Myself?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

High levels of humidity can be quite a pain both inside the home and out. Humidity can cause you to feel hot and sticky and can keep you from enjoying some of the activities you partake in every day. And at this time of year, you never know whether it’s going to be a cool, temperate day, or if moisture in the air will drag you down.

Thankfully, you can purchase a dehumidifier so that you and your family can feel more comfortable inside of the home and so that you can prevent the nasty effects of a potential buildup of moisture. Many people decide to get simple single-room dehumidifiers which they can plug into the wall themselves in order to remove some moisture from a single room. But these don’t take care of moisture in every area of the home.

It’s important to have a dehumidifying system throughout the home if the air in your house is prone to holding moisture. While a single-room dehumidifier can make you feel cooler, it’s unable to reach moisture in parts of the house where it may actually do some damage. When water collects around the walls or on ceilings, it could cause permanent damage to the structure of the building. And what’s worse is the potential for mold growth which could actually make you feel ill. Mold particularly affects family members with asthma and allergies, but it can easily start to take a toll on other household members as well.

It’s important to have whole-home dehumidifying capabilities to prevent moisture from ruining the structure of your home, keeping you uncomfortable, or even making you feel sick. But can you install a whole-house system by yourself? Well, this task will be difficult to complete without the right expertise. A whole-house dehumidifier is located in the ducts and works with your HVAC system to collect and drain moisture. You’ll need professional tools to enter the ducts, often slicing through it or replacing a portion of ductwork. And afterwards, you’ll need to make sure the ducts are sealed properly to prevent air leaks from decreasing the overall efficiency of your unit.

Call Downtown Air & Heat whenever you need a trained professional to install a new dehumidifier in Orlando.

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Signs That You Need a New Dehumidifier

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Excess humidity is as much a problem for your home and HVAC system as it is for you. Excess humidity can compromise indoor air quality and potentially damage your home, so it’s important to replace your whole-home dehumidifier if your current one is failing. We’ll go over the signs that indicate it may be time for a new dehumidifier, but as with any upgrade to your system, it’s important to always hire professionals for installation. The NATE-certified technicians at Downtown Air & Heat can install, maintain and repair any whole-home dehumidifier, so call us today.

Signs It’s Time to Install a New Dehumidifier

Here are some signs that it may be time to consider installing a new dehumidifier:

  • Aggravated allergy symptoms – mold and mildew thrive in moist environments, as do dust mites. Additionally, pollen likes to cling to the moisture in the air, so if the allergy sufferers in your home have been sneezing more, increased humidity may be why.
  • Musty smells – one of the telltale signs you have mold or mildew growth is the odor: mustiness. If you smell this odor in your home, particularly when your HVAC system runs, you may have mold or mildew contamination.
  • Visible condensation on inside windows – condensation on the inside of the windows is a solid indication that there is too much moisture in your indoor air. You may also see wet areas on your ceilings and/or walls, and on surfaces.
  • Stuffy feeling in the air – humidity holds heat, so even if the temperature is moderate, too much humidity can still make it feel close and stuffy inside.
  • Rotting wood – in areas where humidity has existed for a while, there can be damage to wood in your home. Excessive moisture can penetrate wood and cause it to rot.

If you have a dehumidifier, then you know the benefits a whole-home dehumidifier can offer. Don’t let your health or your home suffer with an aging and/or malfunctioning dehumidifier. Call Downtown Air & Heat today and schedule the installation of a new dehumidifier in Orlando with one of our installation experts.

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