How to Use Humidity Control To Keep Your Air Comfortable & Healthy Year-Round in Austin’s Hot Humid Climate.
Installing a dehumidifier can give your health and comfort a boost by improving your home’s air quality.
What Does a Dehumidifier Do?
A dehumidifier can prevent rot and mold by removing the excess amount of moisture out of the air. If this problem is not addressed properly dust mites and airborne mold spores can aggravate asthma and allergies.
Signs of excessive humidity inside your home:
- Musty odors
- Dust mite growth
- Mildew and mold growth
- Feeling clammy during the winter and sticky during the summer
- Condensation on ducts, pipes, and windows
If your home is showing any of the above symptoms. Call Stellrr today. Our team of experts can assess the situation to see if the best solution for you is to have a dehumidifier installed.
Do I need a dehumidifier in Austin Tx?
When humid, warm aid comes into contact with cool surfaces, it results in the moisture condensing into water. Water is able to seep into your house through gaps around windows or cracks in your foundation. Water can also get in through a leaky shower, toilet, or water pipe. Activities like drying clothes bathing and cooking also can add extra moisture to the air. Uninsulated pipes and ducts, as well as cold basement walls, are common areas where condensation tends to form. Moisture may attract insects and rot wooden floor joists in crawl spaces.
My attic is spray foamed, do I need a dehumidifier?
The best way to answer this question is with a relative humidity sensor. Measure the humidity range of your house. If it is over 55% frequently, then yes, your house is holding the humidity. Your HVAC unit works to pull humidity out of the air, but if your unit is not working enough, because your house is efficient, then a dehumidifier is a good addition.
When we install spray foam in a house, we generally recommend that the client also installs a dehumidifier. Coolness of the air is one part of feeling comfortable, and the second part is humidity. With a dehumidifier in a spray foamed house, you will feel comfortable at a higher temperature. Which of course means less electric usage. But more importantly, keeping your home’s relative humidity between 45% and 55% all the time, will best position you for healthy air. The ideal humidity is 50%.
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
A dehumidifier works at controlling moisture inside your Austin area house.
Crawl spaces are common places where moisture problems arise in many houses. The crawl space is part of the inside of the whole building. If downstairs there are musty odors and high humidity, that affects the environment upstairs as well. It is critical to prevent outside air from getting in your crawlspace before you have a dehumidifier installed.
There are a number of different services that Stellrr contractors perform in order to help reduce indoor humidity:
- Insulate and seal crawl spaces
- Cover up open sump pits
- Insulate and seal ducts
- Insulate and seal rim joists
After duct and air leaks are sealed, we recommend that you have a dehumidifier installed to keep the air dry and prevent mold from growing.
What size dehumidifier do I need?
Selecting the right dehumidifier. When choosing a dehumidifier for your house, here are the main factors that you need to consider:
- The square footage (size) of the area where humidity control is needed
- The unit’s energy performance
- The amount of maintenance that is required – some units come with automatic drainage while others require you to empty a bucket
A dehumidifier’s energy performance is measured by how much water it removes out of the air each hour compared to the amount of energy it uses to operate. ENERGY STAR certified models are 15% or more efficient compared to standard dehumidifiers.
Stelllr’s top pick for ENERGY STAR certified models is SaniDry dehumidifiers. There are two models offered by SaniDry: the SaniDry XP and SaniDry Sedona. Both of these systems offer powerful air filtration and humidity control to eliminate musty, damp conditions in your crawl space.
Request your estimate today
Stellrr provides home air quality and comfort solutions. Our experienced and skilled contractors install dehumidifiers as well as other products from leading brands so you can be sure you are getting the finest solution available for your home. Call Stellrr today at 512-520-0044 to ask for your estimate and in-home consultation.