Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifier’

Install a Dehumidifier Now Before You Need It

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

whole-house-dehumidifierSummers are very hot in our neck of the woods, and they seem to start a little earlier every year. That means more than just high temperatures, however. Here in Florida, that means stifling humidity levels as well, which can cause as many problems to your home as the heat can. Air conditioners can deal with the issue in a rough way, but they’re not set up for such duties and excess humidity can add a lot of strain to them. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, can handle the problem the right way, and save your air conditioner a lot of wear and tear in the process. With the weather comparatively cool and the need for your air conditioner severely reduced, now is the perfect time to plan for an installation. It gives you plenty of time to set up a schedule before you have need of your system. (more…)

Dehumidifiers Can Handle The Mugginess

Monday, August 7th, 2017

dehumidifier-high-humidityThe only thing worse than high temperatures during our Florida summers is the excess humidity that seems to drape the area like a blanket every year. High humidity levels in your home can be decidedly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases can even result in a health hazard. Air conditioners can roughly deal with the issue, but they’re designed for temperature control rather than humidity control, and high humidity can really wear them down. (more…)

Own a Large Home? Give Your Air Conditioner a Hand!

Monday, May 29th, 2017

air-conditioning-ewfficiencyLarger homes can be extremely hard to keep cool, especially as spring turns to summer and the temperatures start to rise. Centralized systems can struggle to keep the entire home cool, creating crafts and cold spots in some areas while leaving others too warm. Then there’s the costs involved, which can skyrocket during the hottest months, as well as putting excessive wear and tear on the system. If you own a larger home, you might want to invest in ways to make your air conditioner more efficient: helping you keep your home cool while cutting down on those costs. There are a number of ways to do that, no matter what kind of specifics your home entails. (more…)

Don’t Use Air Conditioners to Lower the Humidity Levels

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meCold weather isn’t usually a problem here in sunny Florida, and yet many residents often run their air conditioners in the winter even when they don’t have to. Why? It’s a way of getting rid of high humidity levels, which is always an issue in our neck of the woods. Air conditioners can serve as dehumidifiers in a pinch, though doing so is often wasteful and can add stress to your system. A better option is a whole-house dehumidifiers, which does the job in ways that an air conditioner can’t. (more…)

Keep a Handle on High Humidity This Summer

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

High humidity is part and parcel of life here in Boca Raton, FL: the price we pay for our warm winters and beautiful coastline. The humidity can get quite brutal in the summer, making for a nasty one-two punch with the heat. Your air conditioner can deal with the humidity, at least in part, but doing so puts a great deal of strain on it, and can lead to higher bills and even repair calls in some circumstances. A whole-house dehumidifier provides a reliable answer to the problem and can bring a lot of other benefits to your household as well. Let’s break it down. (more…)

3 Air Conditioning Upgrades to Think About This Winter

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Winter is a relative term here in Boynton Beach, FL. Hot days appear throughout the year and just because the calendar says we’ve hit fall doesn’t mean Mother Nature is going along with the plan. Nevertheless, your air conditioner will probably enjoy a well-deserved break in the next few months, which makes it an ideal time to consider possible upgrades to your system. Upgrades can add convenience and comfort to an air conditioner that my still have a lot of life left in it. More importantly, they can lower those high summer energy bills which will eat you alive if you’re not careful. Here’s a brief list of 3 air conditioning upgrades to think about this winter. (more…)

Household Improvements to Lower the Cost of Air Conditioning

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We’ve hit the hottest part of the year here in Boynton Beach, FL and that means your air conditioner is being called upon to perform at its peak every day. If you keep yours well maintained and watch for warning signs of trouble, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping it functional. You can, however, take steps around your house to ease its burden, and reduce your monthly cooling bills in the bargain. Specific household improvements and upgrades can enhance your home’s energy efficiency and lower the cost of air conditioning. We’ve laid out a few of them below. (more…)

How Does High Humidity Affect My Comfort Levels?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We live in Boynton Beach, FL, which like the rest of the state experiences high humidity and mugginess during the hot summer months (and sometimes the fall and spring months too). Everyone knows that uncomfortable feeling when the air is too moist and you seem to sweat from every pore, but few people understand how high humidity works or how it can impact your comfort levels at home. This is intended as a quick primer to help you understand how high humidity levels affect your comfort levels, and by extension how it impacts your air conditioning system. (more…)

How Do Dehumidifiers Help My Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Here in Boynton Beach, FL, humidity plays as much a role as high temperatures in determining your home’s comfort levels. A good air conditioning system can act as a de facto dehumidifier, but it often needs more than that to do the job. A formal dehumidifier can not only elevate your home’s comfort levels, but save your air conditioner a great deal of wear and tear in the process. (more…)

Wood Rot: What It Is and How to Prevent It

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Rotting wood creates an unstable foundation for your home, which means structural beams, flooring, and ceilings may need some major renovations. Once wood rot begins, the structure of your home can quickly fall into decline, and it can be difficult to control the problem without taking drastic measures. That’s why most experts recommend focusing on prevention: worrying about how to stop wood rot before it happens. And what’s the key component leading to wood rot that we can control? Moisture.

Fungus and Wood Rot

Wood rot occurs when fungi breed on a wood surface, which can only happen if the wood is wet. Any type of fungus needs a few things to live: water, oxygen, and food. And the type of fungi that wear down wood get their food source from the carbohydrates therein. There are three basic types of wood rot—brown rot (or dryrot), white rot, and soft rot—and all three are caused by the presence of moisture, oxygen, and a food source. The only difference is in the appearance and the effect on the wood. Brown rot, for example, causes the wood to turn dark brown and eventually crumble. White rot leaves wood with a soft spongy feeling.

Installing a Dehumidifier

All wood contains the carbohydrates lignin and cellulose, so you cannot prevent wood rot by choosing different building materials. You can’t take away the oxygen either, which is why removing moisture from the air is the best mode of prevention. And a whole-home dehumidifier is the best way to reduce moisture levels in the home.

Dehumidifiers remove moisture much like central air conditioners do. The blower fan draws in the indoor air and moves it across a coil where moisture collects as condensation. The major difference is that it’s far more efficient to run a whole-house dehumidifier than to keep the AC on at all times. A dehumidifier can make the air in your home feel more comfortable and help people to cool down. It can also keep mold from developing, a fungus which does not directly cause wood rot but can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Allow the professionals at Astro Air Inc. to install your new dehumidifier in Wellington, and gain some control over your home comfort and stability. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.