Dehumidifiers are optimal for use in humid areas where moisture problems are common and can lead to issues with mold or allergies. Whole-house dehumidifiers work with your HVAC system to reduce the level of moisture, which then positively impacts conditions throughout the home. There are several factors to consider when selecting a dehumidifier: Consider proper humidity levels. A healthy range for relative humidity is between 30 and 50 percent. Anything higher than 50 percent will encourage mold growth. When looking to purchase a dehumidifier, make sure it comes with a humidistat, which reads humidity levels. Evaluate humidity-removal capacity. Various dehumidifier models remove different levels of moisture, so you need to know your home’s current relative humidity and select a dehumidifier that will respond to those needs. Using the humidistat to chart your home’s humidity levels will give you an idea of its relative humidity. If your home’s humidity consistently rests at 70 percent, you’ll need a system that can decrease that number by at least 20 percent. Most systems will indicate their humidity-removal capacity (in other words, the amount of water they can remove from the air in a home) in “gallons per 24 hours.” Calculate your home’s square footage. Once you know your home’s relative humidity, and you’ve checked out the capacity of various dehumidifiers to remove moisture, you also need to know your home’s square footage. Consider elements that impact capacity, such as high ceilings, which increase the relative humidity of your home. It’s possible to use a portable dehumidifier to achieve some dehumidification, but it is limited to dehumidifying a single room at a time. Whole-house dehumidifiers have several advantages over portable units: They don’t require you to empty a holding tank or collection bucket every day; instead, they are designed to automatically dispose of the water that’s collected into a drainage system. They require little maintenance. They help keep your heating and cooling systems clean because bacteria are often attracted to HVAC components. A cleaner system also means better results in energy use. Whole-house dehumidifiers are a great home solution for problems associated with high humidity. Contact the home-comfort experts at Pipe Works Services. We are happy to answer your questions and help you select a system that’s right for your New Jersey home. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.