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Cool For The Summer: A Beginner’s Guide to Dehumidifiers

While summer has plenty of perks, one of the downfalls is the rise in humidity.  We’ve all opened up our windows to feel the sunshine and fresh air not realizing how humid it is, only to step out of the shower and not be able to completely dry off because of the moisture in surrounding air. A dehumidifier can make your house more comfortable in the summer months by decreasing the moisture content.  This article will provide you with a beginner’s guide on how a dehumidifier can be beneficial and a how-to on using a dehumidifier.

Why Use a Dehumidifier

Combat Humidity:  Geographically speaking, the coastal regions and Midwest see the most humidity in the summertime.  Humidity refers to the amount of water in the air.  The hotter the air (in the summer months, especially), the more water the air can hold, which is why we see humidity rise between June through September.  Dehumidifiers work to pull water out of the air, decreasing the moisture of your home.
Allergies:  Allergens can run wild in the summer, especially pollen and tree oak.  If you are someone who likes to keep your windows open, the excess moisture in the air can promote allergen growth.  Using a dehumidifier can slow allergen growth and prevent allergy symptoms.  Dehumidifiers also slow the spread of mold or dust mites, which love to grow in damp, moist basements.

Break it Down – How a Dehumidifier Works

The short story: Dehumidifier’s pull water from warmer air into the cooling components, causing condensation, which pulls the water out of the air and spits the drier air back out.
The full version: There are four main parts a beginner should know.  They are the fan, compressor cooling coils, reservoir (bucket), and reheater.
First the fan pulls air from a nearby area into the dehumidifier.  Once trapped, the air passes over the cooling coils to pull moisture from the air, causing condensation.  The condensation, essentially water droplets, is collected in the reservoir, which usually looks like a bucket.  The reheater then reheats the air, which returns to the room. Most dehumidifiers have an alarm that sounds when the bucket is full of water and needs to be emptied.  However, some dehumidifiers have direct outlets to hook up a hose to drain the water collected into a drain, most commonly, a shower.
If you want to keep your house dry and allergen free, then a dehumidifier is a low-cost first step you can take.  Dehumidifiers are fairly inexpensive and can prevent foundational issues within your house from excess humidity down the road.  Doc’s Appliance Service can provide you with reliable service to repair your dehumidifier or direct you on which type of dehumidifier would work best for your situation.  Call us at 800-726-7130, our professionals are eager to help you protect your home from moisture damage this summer.
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