Dehumidifiers: Keeping your home dry for more home comfort

July 15, 2015

Total home comfort can have differing definitions for different homeowners, which makes sense given our own distinct comfort needs. However, there is always something that all homeowners have in common – the desire to be comfortable inside their home and avoid AC repair. For some it may be keeping a perfectly tuned thermostat to keep the air temperature perfect, while others may spend their time on keeping their home’s indoor air quality at its top level. One thing that often goes unrecognized is the crucial role that appropriate moisture levels play in sustaining a comfortable home. That’s where a dehumidifier moves in to the picture.

Most climates, like the one in Gresham, have times in which they are dry and others when it’s so humid that it feels like you should be in a rainforest. While that may be a little overstated, there are times when you note a change in the moisture levels, and you surely notice when the humidity reaches an uncomfortable level. So instead of trying to deal with high humidity by turning down your thermostat while your air conditioner is operating, why not consider a dehumidifier?

So how do you know if you have too much moisture in your home? Some of that hinges on where you live in Gresham. In some places it can be relatively easy to note humidity problems, and sometimes they do a darn good job at hiding. However, the most common indicators of too much moisture include:

  • Areas that are typically damp
  • Musty odors
  • Cracked or flaking paint
  • Condensation stains on the ceiling or walls
  • A sticky feel to the air
  • Condensation or frost on your windows
  • Peeling wallpaper

One important thing to keep in mind when contemplating a dehumidifier is that it doesn’t have to be hot in order for it to be humid. You usually come across these times during the spring and fall, in the late evening and early morning hours, or on rainy, overcast days.

Before you start finding signs of too much moisture in your home, why not give the pros at Honke Heating & AC in Gresham a call at 503-663-8033 to get some pointers on keeping the humidity levels in your Gresham home at bay. There are a number of choices to keep your home as comfortable as you expect.