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Tuesday, July 22 2014

Balanced HVAC Has the Solutions

  • Musty odors?
  • Clammy stuffy room air?
  • Condensation on water pipes?
  • Wet stains on walls and ceilings?
  • Mold and mildew in baths and in basements?
  • Floors and other surfaces ever feel sticky or sweaty?
  • You or family members suffer from allergies or asthma?

Pleasant ocean breezes and pristine beaches -- no question we Cape Codders are blessed to live in one of the most treasured spots on Earth. But our beautiful ocean climate also brings with it the discomfort, damage and potential health problems associated with high humidity in our homes.

Where there is dampness,
there are also mold and musty odors.

Mold spores are among the most virulent allergens plaguing allergy and asthma sufferers. Although molds themselves are generally isolated to damp areas like bathrooms, basements and crawl-spaces; their spores become airborne and infect your entire living space. Humidity control is critical to comfortable living and to the health of many.

High humidity is also associated with dust mites feces,
another significant allergen.

Common household dust miteThese microscopic pests live in upholstered furniture, carpets and mattresses. They feed on human and animal skin cells and get their moisture from the air. As relative humidity climbs, their appetites increase as do their waste products. Where humidity is controlled, dust mites desiccate and die.

Properly sized, well-maintained and balanced
air conditioning goes a long way to providing comfort
& humidity control in our hot and humid summer months

An air conditioner that is improperly installed or neglected will cool air but won't remove humidity. The result is cold and damp clammy air along with dust mite, mold & mildew growth.

Today's more advanced air conditioners and heat pumps now
include electronic controls that keep humidity under control.

Unlike conventional systems, these respond not only to room temperature but to a sophisticated analysis of outdoor temperatures relative to indoor temperature and humidity levels. When for example humidity is high but temperatures too low for a standard air conditioner to turn on, these advanced systems will operate at very low fan speeds -- enough to reduce humidity while not significantly cooling your living space.

For those with no A/C or with standard heating/cooling,
we recommend Aprilaire's whole-house central dehumidifier.

This low-maintenance unit is installed into your existing ductwork to pull air through the return ducts. It drains away moisture and then sends dry air back into every room. Where air conditioning exists, it works in conjunction to balance humidity levels. During cooler periods or where air conditioning isn't installed, it works independently to monitor and control your home's humidity.

Portable dehumidifiers sold in home centers and hardware stores are notorious energy wasters and treat air in just one space. Collection bins must be emptied by hand. 4X more energy-efficient, the low-maintenance whole-home central dehumidifier installed as part of your home's central heating and cooling system is the safest most effective way to rid your home of excess humidity.

The Aprilaire central dehumidifier will
wring out your home like a damp sponge!

When first installed, your new Aprilaire dehumidifier will likely run for an extended period. That's because your home's materials and fabrics act like sponges absorbing moisture to the same level as the ambient air. As your new dehumidifier dries out your home's air, that trapped moisture will be released. Once your home is fully dried, the dehumdifier will continue to monitor the air and keep your home and furnishings free from dampness.

Ready to dry out your home?

Schedule a no-pressure, no-obligation consultation with Lincoln now.

Been a while since your system has been maintained?

Schedule your seasonal maintenance service now. 

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