Have you considered a a whole-home dehumidifier for your Tampa home? With our ocean air, humidity is usually higher than farther inland. While the effects of humidity aren’t always obvious, there are definitely noticeable signs you can pick up on. High humidity may make the air feel “heavier” when you breathe it in or sometimes it’s so tangible the air feels like wearing a layer of moisture on your skin, making you feel “sticky.” Your body is not the only one to experience the effects of humidity. Your home also can be affected by an excess of moisture. Ideal moisture is between 30 and 50 percent, but when it rises above 50, problems can occur. If your Tampa home is subjected to a higher humidity for an extended period of time, you may see some common signs like these:

  • Mold spots showing on your ceilings and walls
  • Windows often thick with condensation
  • Paint “bubbling” or wallpaper peeling
  • A damp or musty odor in the air

While symptoms like the extra condensation may seem harmless, there are other, more serious consequences. Some of the most unwanted effects are the dust mites and mold that breed in these conditions. The mold spots can often be seen, while dust mites flourish particularly in carpeted areas. Mold and dust mites can both pose a serious health risk to your household. Once mold has made an appearance, it will reproduce via spores and thrive in a humid atmosphere.

Breathing the spores in is highly detrimental to people who struggle with COPD, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The spores can aggravate their already weakened respiratory systems and in serious cases, asthma attacks may even be triggered. For those without asthma, COPD, or respiratory conditions, more common symptoms are feeling weak when you are not sick or an uncharacteristic lethargy.

A whole-home dehumidifier not only brings your home to the proper level of humidity, giving you assurance of a healthier home, it also has other benefits once installed. When humidity is decreased, you will experience your usual energy level and residents will no longer experience that damp, clammy feeling on their skin. Also, the air will feel more comfortable at warmer temperatures, meaning you can set your thermostat lower. This means your air conditioner and heat pump can work less, which saves you money on the energy bill in the long run!

Now that you know the day-to-day importance of having a whole-home dehumidifier in your home, what is the significance of having one in your house this season particularly? If you’re hosting this holiday, especially overnight, all the extra bodies can release a lot more moisture into your home’s atmosphere. A dehumidifier can do wonders taking that “stuffy” or “sticky” sensation – as well as the damp, musty smell – out of the environment. And by keeping the moisture at its healthiest level, you can ensure optimal comfort and the best of health for you and your guests throughout the holiday.

Should your home feel too damp or show any of these unpleasant symptoms, an inexpensive hygrometer can be used to measure the general humidity of your home. If it registers above the high 40s, you will want to rectify this by looking into installing a whole-home dehumidifier.

Don’t live in discomfort any longer. Improve your indoor air quality by calling Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric for an estimate on a new whole-home dehumidifier today. Our dedicated and professional team is ready to help you with service anytime and our call centers are available from 7AM-11PM, 7 days a week. Call(813) 524-6313 or fill out our online form to get started!