By: Patricia Cermignano

Think back to the heat waves we experienced this past summer. While your air conditioning was keeping your home cool and comfortable, did you notice:

  • Mold spots growing on walls and ceilings
  • Musty or mildew odors
  • Water stains
  • Allergy and asthma symptoms develop or worsen
  • Condensation buildup on windows and glass doors
  • Rotting or deteriorating wood (primarily furniture)

If you answered yes to any of the above line items, you may have an issue with excess moisture in your home. According to Energy Star®, the ideal indoor humidity levels in your home should be anywhere between 30-50%. When the indoor humidity levels exceed 50%, not only can it make your home's indoor environment uncomfortable, but it can also have harmful effects on your health, your energy usage and your home's structure. 

To help remedy this situation, Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. recommends getting a dehumidifier for your home. According to Bryant®, a dehumidifier can be defined as "a device that can be added to your heating and cooling system, that works to draw excess moisture out of indoor air". There are two types of dehumidifiers- whole house dehumidifiers and portable dehumidifiers. While portable dehumidifiers are great to remove excess moisture in small spaces or in a single room, whole house dehumidifiers can be installed as part of your HVAC system so the excess moisture is automatically removed to ensure an optimal level of humidity throughout your home. The benefits of having a whole house dehumidifier installed with your HVAC system includes, but is not limited to:

  • Reducing dust and mold which can trigger allergy and asthma issues
  • Eliminating musty odors from the air
  • Helping keep your furniture protected from damage caused by excess moisture (primarily wooden furniture)
  • Improving energy efficiency with your HVAC equipment
  • Improving your overall comfort while indoors

If you are interested in having a dehumidifier installed, please contact our office at 610-642-6323 or email us at Our company also offers indoor air quality (IAQ) tests to see if there are any other solutions to help increase the quality of air in your home. You and your family's home comfort is our company's main priority.