All homes in Kansas City need humidity control. In the winter we need to add humidity, but in the summer, we need to remove it. Daily activities, such as cooking, cleaning and showering can add as much as 25 pounds of moisture to your home every day. In our area, your air conditioner is responsible for removing humidity from your home.
The problem with this is we get days that aren’t really hot but have high humidity. We are really going to see this in the coming weeks with all the rain we have had in this area. If your thermostat is set to kick on the AC at a certain set point, your home may build up humidity until that happens. While an air conditioner will help (they remove humidity as a byproduct of the cooling process), once your set temperature is reached your AC will turn off, but there still may be humidity in your home.
Signs Your Home Has High Humidity
- You have trouble sleeping due to clammy skin or stuffy air
- You lower the temperature in an effort to get rid of the stuffy feeling
- Your floor or other surfaces feel sticky or sweaty
- Your basement feels damp
- You are concerned with mold or mildew growth in your home
- You have musty odors in certain areas of your home
- You see condensation on your water pipes
- You see wet stains on walls or ceilings
- Wood floors or wood trim warps
- Someone in your family suffers from allergies
High Humidity Is Bad for Allergy Sufferers
If you, or any member of your family, suffers from allergies, high humidity can worsen their symptoms. Overly moist air can encourage the growth of mold and bacteria. Dust mites also thrive in moist conditions. These are three of the worst allergy offenders in your home. Removing the humidity will help lessen or remove these allergy triggers.
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City Wide offers whole-house or central dehumidifiers. We can install an Aprilaire central dehumidifier that will remove humidity from your home. We have a solution for every size home, from the compact 65-pint unit for apartments, townhomes, and condos to the 135-pint unit for homes up to 4,000 square feet. The Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier is installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system. It works in conjunction with your air conditioner, or independently as needed, to remove the ideal amount of moisture to solve the above problems. But not so much that your home becomes too dry.
If your home suffers from any of the symptoms above, give City Wide Heating and Cooling a call and ask about our whole-house dehumidifier installation. Call us at (913) 384-6006 or (913) 236-5555.