Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers in Fort Wayne, IN
There’s much more to your home comfort than the temperature inside. Humidity levels play a huge role in it as well. Dry air makes you feel colder in winter and high humidity makes you feel hotter in the summer. The friendly pros at Collier's Comfort have the perfect solution: humidifiers and dehumidifiers installed in your HVAC system.
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What Is Relative Humidity?
We measure humidity in terms of relative humidity: a percentage charting the amount of ambient moisture in the air. 100% humidity essentially means rain, while 0% humidity means no moisture in the air at all. Ideally, you want the humidity to sit between 30% and 50%. Unfortunately, our Indiana weather rarely accommodates those needs, especially at the height or summer or during the chill of winter.
When the humidity levels rise above 50%, there’s too much moisture in the air to let the sweat evaporate off of your skin. The air feels hot and wet, and the mugginess can foster the growth of mold. When the humidity levels drop below 30%, your skin feels dry and cracked. Static electricity goes up and your sinuses dry out: leaving you more vulnerable to colds and flu bugs.
Dehumidifiers for the Summer
A whole–house dehumidifier handle excess humidity in the midst of our Fort Wayne, IN summers. It actually resembles and air conditioner, since cooling the air causes the moisture to coalesce into droplets (which is the reason you get dew in the early hours of the morning). Air conditioners can do the job of dehumidifiers, though they’re not set up to do so and perform the job crudely at best.
Since it’s designed specifically to treat high humidity levels, however, it exercises a far greater degree of control over moisture levels in the air, and has features like larger reservoirs that can hold more condensate. Not only will it make the air more comfortable, but it can ease the strain on your air conditioner, helping you save money on monthly bills.
Humidifiers for the Winter
When temperatures fall in our Fort Wayne, IN winters, the moisture departs the air and it becomes much drier. Humidifiers seek to rectify that by adding moisture back to the air. Most units consist of a wick or a pad fed by a reservoir to stay moist. A fan blows across the pad or wick in conjunction with the running of the heater, allowing the air to stay moist during even the driest days.
Like dehumidifiers, humidifiers allow you to set the specific humidity levels to what you wish. And similar to dehumidifiers, it eases the strain on your heater, allowing it to do its job with greater efficiency than it might otherwise.