Summertime is Dehumidifier Time

Maximize Comfort and Protect Your Home: Why Summer is the Ideal Time for a Dehumidifier

When we think of summer, images of sunny days, outdoor activities, and warm evenings come to mind. However, for many homeowners, summer also brings challenges such as increased humidity, especially in basements. Basements are notorious for being damp and musty, particularly in humid climates or after heavy rains. This is where a dehumidifier can make a significant difference in both comfort and the preservation of your home.

Combat Humidity Before It Becomes a Problem

Basements are often the most susceptible areas in a home to humidity buildup. As temperatures rise during the summer, so does the humidity level, leading to a damp and uncomfortable environment. This excess moisture can promote mold growth, cause musty odors, and potentially damage stored items or furniture. Installing a dehumidifier in your basement during the summer helps to proactively manage humidity levels, preventing these issues before they escalate.

Preserve Your Property

Many homeowners use their basements for storage, whether it’s seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, or valuable items. High humidity levels can damage these belongings over time, causing rust, mold, or mildew. A dehumidifier acts as a safeguard, creating a drier environment that protects your possessions from moisture-related deterioration. This is especially crucial during the summer when humidity levels are at their peak.

Create a More Usable Space

A dry basement is a versatile space that can be used for various purposes beyond storage. Whether you’re planning to convert it into a home gym, a workshop, or an additional living area, controlling humidity is essential for making the space comfortable and inviting. Installing a dehumidifier in the summer ensures that your basement remains dry and ready for whatever purpose you envision, enhancing your home’s overall livability.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Humid environments can foster the growth of mold and mildew, which release airborne spores that can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions. Like heat, humidity also rises, and will make its way to the upstairs living space.  By reducing humidity levels with a dehumidifier, you not only create a more comfortable basement but also improve the indoor air quality throughout your home. This is particularly beneficial for family members who suffer from allergies or asthma, as cleaner air contributes to better overall health.

Prevent Structural Damage

Excess moisture in a basement can lead to structural issues over time. It can cause wood to warp, concrete to crack, and metal to corrode. These problems not only compromise the integrity of your home but also result in costly repairs. A dehumidifier helps mitigate these risks by maintaining optimal humidity levels, preserving the structural integrity of your basement and the entire home.

Save Energy

During the summer, air conditioning units often have to work harder to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors, especially if humidity levels are high. By using a dehumidifier in your basement, you can reduce overall humidity levels in your home, allowing your AC system to operate more efficiently. This can lead to energy savings and lower utility bills while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

Invest in an Effective Solution

Portable dehumidifiers that are available online and from the big box stores can help, but they are not the most efficient at removing humidity.  They require longer runtime to remove the same amount of humidity as professionally-installed equipment.  This also means they use more electricity to do the job, increasing your utility bills.  When temperatures in the basement vary, their effectiveness drops quickly.

When Cape Cod Heat Pumps & Electrical installs a dehumidifier, we offer a light commercial solution, the E070 from AprilAire.  It can remove 70 pints (9 gallons)of moisture per day, even at varying temperatures.  We can offer a variety of ducting solutions, to focus on a finished area in the basement, or connect to the home’s HVAC ducting to dehumidify the upstairs spaces as well.  We connect the drain to a pump, so you never have to worry about continually emptying the water.  Designed and built in the USA, the E070 comes with a 5-year warranty, with an expected life of 12 years.

Contact us to discuss the installation of a humidifier today, and look forward to a healthier, more comfortable home this summer.