DeHumidifiers in Corpus Christi, TX
Chronically high humidity in a home is not only uncomfortable, but it can also contribute to a host of problems. But does that mean the air should be dry? You may have heard that an environment which contains too little humidity can be hazardous to your health. This is true. When the moisture content of the air falls below 30%, it can cause dehydration, dry skin, and increased susceptibility to allergies and illnesses. Insufficient humidity can also do damage inside a home, such as warping wood, making floorboards separate, and even shrinking furniture and window frames.
However, here in Corpus Christi, TX, overly dry air isn’t a problem. With an average yearly humidity of 60 – 80%, it’s the exact opposite for us. Anything over 50% humidity inside a home is considered too high. Chronically high humidity creates a moist environment in which mold, mildew, and dust mites thrive. Because microorganisms grow readily and then circulate through your home’s air, people with allergies or asthma will experience more symptoms. The excessive moisture itself can also damage surfaces. You may notice condensation on windows, water stains on walls and ceilings, and swelling wood.
Additionally, hot days combined with high humidity can contribute to heat exhaustion. Excessive moisture also attracts undesirable insects. Not only are the insects themselves a source of trouble, but their droppings and decomposing body parts can also become airborne and contribute to allergies and asthma, just like other contaminants.
That said, what’s the ideal humidity level for a home? According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), relative humidity should be between 30 and 50%. “Relative humidity” refers to the amount of moisture present in the air, as shown as a percentage of the amount needed to saturate air of that same temperature. We can measure your home’s humidity level with an instrument called a hygrometer. Temperature Humidity Air Quality Solutions (THAQ) has nearly 50 years of experience installing dehumidifiers in both residential and commercial buildings in Corpus Christi, TX. We can help you achieve your ideal humidity level based on health conditions, personal preferences, and home maintenance concerns. Some people may find 35% humidity in their home or business to be comfortable, whereas others may feel this is too dry. You can try different settings on your dehumidifier and see what works best for you.
Types of Dehumidifiers
Choosing the proper type of dehumidifier for your home or business comes down to two factors: the area (size) of the space to be dehumidified, and the conditions present in that space (such as closed up, very humid, often cold, etc.). These details will vary widely from place to place, so every installation is customized.
There are two basic types of dehumidifiers commonly used in homes. These are refrigerant and desiccant.
A refrigerant dehumidifier uses an evaporator coil containing coolant (usually R410A) similar to that in your air conditioner. Air is pulled inside the unit where it passes over the cold evaporator coil. The moisture in the air is then condensed. It drips into a bucket or flows into a hose that drains to the outside. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are available as standalone models or can be integrated into your existing HVAC system. They use less energy than desiccant models, but they don’t work as well in cold temperatures.
A desiccant dehumidifier utilizes a moisture-absorbing material. When you’ve opened a bottle of vitamins or a packet containing electronics equipment, you’ve probably noticed those little silica gel packs. Those are desiccants. As a desiccant dehumidifier pulls in air, the moisture is absorbed by the silica gel. They work well in cold climates, and they’re easier to transport then refrigerant dehumidifiers.
Commercial and Industrial Dehumidifiers
Refrigerant dehumidifiers are also commonly used in businesses. They’re actually part of a broader category known as condensate dehumidifiers since they condense airborne moisture and remove it. As with residential units, they’re not as effective in cold weather.
Another type of commercial condensate dehumidifier is the ionic membrane dehumidifier. These work at a molecular level, removing moisture through electrolysis. Electrolysis is a process that uses an electric current to produce a chemical reaction, which in this case, is the extraction of water vapor. Although ionic membrane dehumidifiers aren’t as powerful as refrigerant models, they’re quiet and don’t require a lot of maintenance. Because they’re lean on moving parts, they also don’t consume a lot of energy. This type is ideal for medical facilities or in places where delicate electronic components need to be protected.
Another commercial option is the spray dehumidifier. These machines bring an internal water supply down to a temperature below that of the atmospheric dew point. They then mix sprays of this chilled water and air to capture moisture in the room. Spray dehumidifiers can also be used for cleaning the air since they remove pollen and other contaminants.
Just like in residential applications, another option for your business is a desiccant dehumidifier. Also called chemical absorbent dehumidifiers, they work the same way as models built for home use. They produce no condensate, so you don’t need to worry about emptying a bucket or running a hose to the outside. Desiccant dehumidifiers are ideal for spaces that need a thorough drying out. They’re quieter than many other types of commercial dehumidifiers since they have no compressor (the component that compresses the refrigerant to make it cold).
Call the Pros for Dehumidifiers in Corpus Christi, TX
If you’ve decided it’s time to lower the humidity in your home, Temperature Humidity Air Quality Solutions is ready to assist you in Corpus Christi. We also serve Padre Island, and Calallen, TX, and the surrounding areas. Our team is knowledgable in all types of dehumidifiers for both residential and commercial buildings. Our Clean Comfort DV Series whole-house dehumidifiers are perfect for most residences. These units not only lower your home’s humidity, but they also clean the air with their built-in media filters. With an air filtration rating of MERV 11, they can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns, including some microorganisms. There are several models available with the capacity to dehumidify homes from 1800 to 3500 square feet. They use very little energy and integrate within your home’s existing ductwork. To explore the full benefits of installing a dehumidifier, contact us today.