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Frequently Asked Questions About Dehumidifiers

The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove unwanted moisture in the air that can lead to mold and mildew. If you’re trying to determine the right model for your home, you probably have some questions you need answers to.

In today’s post, your local provider of heat pump systems, WM Buffington Company Inc., answers frequently asked questions about dehumidifiers.

Do I Need a Dehumidifier?

You definitely need a dehumidifier if you have humidity problems in your space. Excess humidity is commonly characterized by mold, musty scents, water stains on walls and ceilings, condensation on windows, uneven floorboards and warm, moist environments. These problems can cause health issues and structural damage to your home when not addressed.

How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Dehumidifiers pull in warm, damp air, which it then cools. Once the moisture is condensed, dry, dehumidified air is distributed back into your space by its fan. Dehumidifiers are often used in basements, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, indoor pool areas, workshops and warehouses. At WM Buffington Company Inc., we offer high-quality dehumidifiers from Bryant, a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products since 1904. Our team of experts also specializes in insulation installation services.

What Is the Ideal Humidity Level For My Home?

The ideal humidity level for most places is 45 to 50 percent relative humidity. Relative humidity levels above 50 percent create the perfect environment for molds, dust mites, bacteria and pests. Meanwhile, a relative humidity level below 30 percent can increase the likelihood of colds, flu, irritated skin and respiratory passages, cracked ceilings and separated wood floors.

How Do I Choose a Dehumidifier That’s Suitable for My Space?

Dehumidifiers vary according to capacity, placement, cost, consumer need and more. They're divided into four categories by capacity: small, medium, large and whole-house. Small capacity units are best for bedrooms, small basements and offices. Medium capacity models work well for medium- to large-sized rooms or crawl spaces. Large capacity dehumidifiers are for bigger basements and bedrooms. A whole-house dehumidifier is integrated into the HVAC system and can remove excess moisture in spaces of up to 3,000 square feet.

Choose WM Buffington Company for your heating and cooling needs. We also offer ductless mini-split system installation and plumbing services. Call us at (717) 609-4020 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Harrisburg, PA, and nearby areas.

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