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“Keeping a home comfortable is about more than just temperature control.  The quality of the air you breathe is too important an issue to ignore,” says Tom Eppers, co-owner, Dowe & Wagner, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) company serving residential and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin.

One area rife with problematic air quality can be the basement.  Excess moisture in these damp environments can lead to mold, which has been linked to breathing issues including asthma.

Dehumidifiers can help improve basement air quality.  These units remove excessive moisture from the air.  Commonly positioned in a basement, dehumidifiers are especially helpful during hot, humid, rainy summers when dampness can pervade a home.

Experts add that dehumidifiers can also help protect sensitive electronic equipment that may not tolerate humid conditions.  Dehumidifiers supplement air conditioners to keep the home comfortable and free of musty odors during the summer.  In other milder seasons when the HVAC may be turned off, a dehumidifier can work to remove built up dampness that isn’t circulating.

How to tell if your home needs a dehumidifier?  Condensation on the windows or walls, mold, or mildew smells may indicate the need to remove moisture from the air.  Dehumidifiers can cost between $100 to $1000, determined by the area’s square footage that needs to be dehumidified.

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, dehumidifiers are rated on the number of pints of water they can collect within 24-hours when the temperature is above 80 degrees, and the relative humidity at 60 percent.  The Environmental Protection Agency states that the optimal indoor humidity range is between 35 to 50 percent.  Many smart thermostats are able to detect a home’s humidity level.  Other humidity meters can also report indoor humidity conditions.

Dowe & Wagner : 11215 Commercial Street, Richmond, IL 60071 : 815.678.3000 : http://doweandwagner.com/

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