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Damage Caused by Excess Humidity

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If there’s one thing we understand in southern Texas, it’s that heat and humidity make up our summers. But humidity can do a lot more than just make things feel uncomfortable; it can actually cause damage to your home. A great tool our Switzerland Air technicians have used to help customers decrease the humidity level in their homes is a whole-home dehumidifier. When added to your air conditioning system in Freeport, TX, a dehumidifier can help increase comfort levels and protect your home from damage caused by humidity.

Damage That Can Be Caused By Humidity

Following are some of the common problems we have seen result from excessive humidity in homes:

  • Mold and mildew growth – mold and mildew thrive in cool, damp environments. Both of these growths can ruin furniture, clothing, bedding, photos, books and many more important items in your home, not to mention the irritation mold and mildew spores can cause to allergy sufferers.
  • Issues with flooring – both wood and carpet can develop mold and mildew if there is enough moisture in the air. Not only will mold and mildew produce an unpleasant odor on your flooring: it can, if left untreated, ruin it.
  • Peeling paint – humidity can cause paint on walls and ceilings to bubble and peel. This is because walls and ceilings can absorb the moisture over time, and eventually become soggy.
  • Excess wear-and-tear on your air conditioning system – your air conditioner removes both heat and humidity, but excessive humidity will force it to work harder to achieve the same temperature as when there is less humidity in the air. For instance, 70 degrees with low humidity feels much more comfortable than 70 degrees with high humidity. This is because humidity holds heat – heat that your air conditioner has to remove in order to properly cool your home.

How a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Helps

One of the best ways we’ve seen to combat excessive humidity is to add a whole-home dehumidifier to your air conditioning system. A whole-home dehumidifier removes the excess moisture, helps improve comfort, increases energy efficiency and better health, and allows for less strain on your air conditioner. If you’ve been combatting issues caused by excess humidity, it may be time to see if a dehumidifier in Freeport, TX is right for your property. Call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts to discuss dehumidifying your home.

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How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Texas summers are as muggy as they come, and high humidity levels in your household can severely hamper your ability to be comfortable. When human beings get hot, we sweat to cool off: the sweat evaporates off of our skin to lower our body temperature. But with high humidity levels, the sweat won’t evaporate – there’s too much moisture in the air already – and our bodies won’t cool down. A whole-house humidifier could be the perfect way to rid your home of excessive humidity. Here in Angleton, TX, dehumidifier systems can be installed by a number of reputable companies. How does a dehumidifier work? Read on for the answers.

In some ways, a dehumidifier works like an air conditioner, and indeed air conditioners often serve as minor dehumidifiers by default. Refrigerant passes through a series of coils that revert it from a liquid form to a gaseous form, pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. That causes the moisture in the air to solidify and form condensation on the coils: much the way dew forms on the grass in the early hours of the morning. A humidifier simply applies that equation on a larger scale than the air conditioner does. It doesn’t need a fan to blow the cool air into your home, and the drain pan that catches the condensation is much larger (and usually detachable so you can empty out the water when it becomes full).

Theoretically, your air conditioner can do this job. But it’s not built for dehumidifying duties and in cases where you have a lot of humidity (like Texas), it can easily overwhelm the system. A dehumidifier helps ease the strain on your air conditioner, while still providing you with drier, more comfortable air. For more on how a dehumidifier works, or to schedule an installation session, call upon the experts at Switzerland Air. Dehumidifier systems can be a lifesaver, and you want a company with skill and experience to install them properly. We also offer a variety of indoor air quality services in Angleton, TX. To set up your next service appointment with us, just give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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Dehumidifiers vs. Air Conditioners: Which One Do I Need?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Few people understand the role that air conditioners play in dehumidifying the air. The process helps keep your home cool and comfortable in the summertime. But sometimes it isn’t enough, which is why you may need a whole-house humidifier to help clear up the issue. Here in Brazoria TX, dehumidifiers are a common sight, though that doesn’t mean you necessarily need one in your home. But how can you tell? “Dehumidifiers vs. air conditioners: which one do I need?” you ask.  Specifics vary, but a general guideline can be found below.

First a bit on how the process works. Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. High humidity is uncomfortable because all that moisture prevents sweat from evaporating off of your skin (our body’s natural cooling mechanism). The air conditioner helps with that by lowering the humidity. As it cools the air within its system, the ambient water in the air condenses into a liquid form, which is collected into a condensate pan and removed from the system via a line. That’s often enough to reduce the humidity to comfortable levels.

Often, but not always. On particularly humid days, the air conditioner will undergo a great deal of strain as it struggles to lower the temperature. In such cases, it may not be able to do the job, or worse: suffer a serious breakdown just when you need it the most. A whole-house humidifier can help ease that burden: ensuring that you get the cool air you need to stay comfortable without putting the system under excessive wear and tear. A dehumidifier can also be helpful in households with concerns about mold or similar allergens. Families with babies or elderly members will appreciate the improvement in air quality that a dehumidifier can bring.

Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide if you need dehumidifiers or can go with a simple air conditioner. But regardless of what you decide, the experts at Switzerland Air can help. Dehumidifier technology needs to fit the individual household. We can work with you to find the best solution for your family. Pick up the phone and give us a call today! We also offer a variety of indoor air quality services in Brazoria, TX. Ask about them when you speak with one of our HVAC specialists.

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Advantages of Using a Whole-House Dehumidifier

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

We live in a very humid part of the country. Texas is infamous for its muggy climate and no matter what the season, you can expect a lot of moisture in the air. Besides reducing comfort levels and making a hot summer day feel hotter, high humidity fosters the growth of mold and fungus, and can pose a significant risk to health. In Clute TX, dehumidifier technology installed in your house can help address some of those issues, and make your family more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages of using a whole-house dehumidifier.

Health constitutes the biggest issue. Reduced humidity levels will prevent the spread of bacterial contaminants, improving the indoor air quality in your home and reducing the risk of illness in your family. This is particularly pertinent if you or anyone in your household suffers from allergies. A dehumidifier can reduce the frequency of attacks and help keep everyone feeling happy and healthy.

Comfort becomes the second big advantages of a dehumidifier. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, comfortable relative humidity levels peak at about 40%. Our Texas summers can raise that level significantly, and our wet winters often do much the same thing. A whole house dehumidifier reduces those levels to something much more comfortable, turning your home into a haven against the wall of humidity building outside.

Finally, there’s the question of your furnishings and home to consider. High humidity can damage elements of your home: increasing rust, corrosion, mold on clothes and furniture. Lowering the humidity can offset those problems and keep your furnishings clean and undamaged no matter how much moisture is in the air.

The advantages of using a whole-house dehumidifier hinge on getting the right service to install it. Here in Clute TX, dehumidifier installation and repair services are provided by the experts at Switzerland Air. Our trained staff has years of experience handling whole-house dehumidifiers, and when problems arise, we can address them with the thoroughness and professionalism you expect. If you’re ready to leave our muggy Texas climate at the door, then pick up the phone and give us a call today! We also offer other indoor air quality services in Clute, Texas. Just ask about them!

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