Dehumidification In Port Aransas, North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX and Surrounding Areas
It’s no secret that we live in a highly humid environment on the South Texas Coast. Port Aransas has a particularly high salinity environment that is hard on our homes. We often find homes here that experience issues with paint peeling, walls separating/cracking, moist floors, damaged furniture, insect problems, musty smells, and worst of all…microbial growth (we don’t say the other “M” word around here). From a comfortability standpoint, a less humid home will feel much more comfortable. People often tell us that, once we dehumidified their home, they can actually run the air conditioning at higher temperatures because it’s too cold to run it as low as they did in the past.
How does whole-home dehumidification work?Your air conditioner, when properly maintained, is your homes primary dehumidifier. Its job is to remove moisture from the air and supply cool dry air. However, there are some areas of the country, like ours, where supplemental dehumidification is necessary for most homes to prevent the above-named issues. Whole-home dehumidifiers can assist your air conditioning system, and coupled with better filtration, can dramatically improve the health of your home. We often see systems that are oversized and run too short of cycles to properly dehumidify. Supplemental dehumidification can also help overcome this common problem.
Common misconceptionsMany think that we can’t bring fresh air into our homes since the outside air is so humid. Others think that the musty smell in our homes is just part of living on the coast. If we’ve learned anything since 2020, it’s that we need fresh air in our homes. The average person spends about 90% of their time indoors, and today many homes are built to avoid air infiltration. This is definitely good in our environment from the standpoint of humidity, but the sacrifice that comes with that can be a sick home with high levels of carbon dioxide, bacteria, viruses, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)and more. In these cases, we recommend bringing in fresh air through the whole-home dehumidifier so that the home is being supplied with filtered fresh dry air. You CAN have a must-free home on the coast, and leave the sea smell at the sea!
IAQAs experts in indoor air quality,the best advice we can give our South Texas homeowners is to control the controllables. Most importantly, control the humidity and control the particulates in the air. Keep filters clean to make sure that you have good airflow. Have better filtration to catch more particulates keeps both your air and your air conditioner cleaner. Having you’re A/C unit professionally maintained each year extends the life of the unit and keeps it clean.