If you live in the Northeast, you know that you can expect high temperatures in the summer, sub-zero temperatures in the winter and just about everything in between. In addition to managing wide swings in the air temperature, you’ll always have a problem with humidity control!
Get precise humidity control with a ductless system
Humidity control can be a big challenge. When your home is too humid, you get doors and windows that won’t open and close properly, a stuffy nose, peeling paint and mold and mildew problems. When your house is too dry, you get dry skin, painful sinuses, cracked wood, cracked or flaking paint, and genuine discomfort.
As a heating and cooling professional, I know that getting the humidity in a home right has one big benefit – summer and winter. It actually costs less to heat and cool my home when I keep just the right amount of moisture in the air. It’s true! In the summer, I can turn up the thermostat without sacrificing comfort, and in the winter, I can set my thermostat to a lower temperature without feeling too cold.
Houses get humid for a lot of reasons. Ground water from snow and rain around the foundation is probably the single biggest source of humidity in a home. If you live in an area where the water table is high, your foundation literally gets it “from all sides.” Water collects under the concrete floor and along the sides of the foundation. It exerts a lot of pressure on the foundation, which cracks the walls and floors, and lets the water in. If you don’t have good humidity control, you can soon find yourself dealing with mold, mildew and other nasty problems!
Trees around your house might provide a lot of shade, but they can also complicate humidity control. Differences in air temperature squeeze moisture from the air, and it accumulates on surfaces, both inside and outside of the home. You might also notice this in your bathroom, if your toilet “sweats.” Colder water in the bowl or tank causes moisture in the air around it to condense on the outer surface of the fixture. If your toilets have a part-time gig as dehumidifiers, you probably need a hand with humidity control!
This is where a ductless system can help. Ductless systems offer humidity control in the naturally damp areas of your home. Basements, garages and additions are all prime candidates for humidity control. Getting the moisture out of the air in your home is critical to summertime comfort. With a ductless system, you can save money by correcting the humidity problem, avoiding duct losses and lowering your operating costs all at the same time.
You can also do zone control with a ductless heating and cooling system. That’s helpful, because some areas of your house may be soggier than others. With a whole-house dehumidifier, you try to find a balance that generally works well enough in most spots. With a ductless system, you can get serious about humidity control in the basement without turning the upstairs into a mini-desert.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are all about customizing the environment in your home. For more information about using a ductless system for humidity control, please give us a call at New England Ductless at (617) 915-2803.