Is your home starting to feel humid or moist? It may be time to look into getting a dehumidifier to make your home a more comfortable place to live. If you are considering a dehumidifier and you live in the Kansas City Metro Area, call Cates Heating and Cooling for installation help.

Why Is Humidity a Problem?

Humidity occurs when water vapor builds up in the air. When this happens inside your home, you are putting your home at risk for mold development, which can lead to illnesses for your family. Humidity can also damage computers, cameras, and other electronic equipment. Instead of dealing with excess humidity in your home, you may want to have a dehumidifier installed.

Dust mites also love humidity and are likely to grow more quickly in your home when there is a lot of moisture in the air. Since dust mites can cause allergic reactions, it is best to keep as much moisture out of the air in your home as possible.

Condensation build-up can be very frustrating, and it can cause serious damage to your home over time. While the foggy windows and mirrors will be annoying, peeling wallpaper, wet spots on the walls, and shrinking wood can be costly.

What Is a Dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers are kind of like vacuum cleaners. They pull in the air from your home, remove the moisture in the air, and blow the air back into the room. The dehumidifier collects the moisture in a tank that you then need to empty. One process through which dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air is called refrigeration. Here’s how it works:

  1. Warm, moist air is drawn into the dehumidifier’s intake grille by an electric fan.
  2. This warm air is pulled over freezing cold pipes that contain a coolant. The cooling air releases moisture in the form of water droplets that drip down from the cold pipes.
  3. The dry air then passes over a heating element that warms the air back up.
  4. The air is pushed out the opposite grille on the humidifier and back into your home.
  5. The moisture from the air collects in a small tank at the bottom of the machine that will trip a switch to turn off the machine when it is full and needs to be emptied.

This simple step-by-step process is a lot more complicated than it sounds, and it requires a lot of machinery to work properly. That’s why you should consider having your dehumidifier installed by a professional at Cates Heating and Cooling. One of our service technicians can walk you through the dehumidification process if you still have questions about how this handy device works.

For set-up or repair of a dehumidifier in your home, contact Cates Heating and Cooling. Cates technicians have over 400 years of combined experience and have dealt with all kinds of heating and cooling emergencies and disasters.

Call Cates Heating and Cooling today to get a quote or to set up a consultation with one of our technicians. Cates can be reached at 913-888-4470.