Watch How Ventilating Dehumidifiers Create Healthy, Comfortable Indoor Environments

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Air conditioners alone are no longer a sufficient means of controlling high humidity in today's homes and buildings.  Tighter, more energy efficient building methods combined with Chicago's extreme weather has created the need for year-round humidity control systems. When left unattended, excess humidity will damage our buildings and impact the health of our indoor air quality.  Priority Energy is a leader in whole home HVAC system design, and dehumidfication has become a necessary component to healthy homes and buildings. 

What's Changed?  Do I Really Need a Whole Home Dehumidifier in the Midwest?

The homes and offices we are building today are not the same as the buildings we constructed even 10 years ago.  Our homes are tighter and better insulated, which is great for reducing the amount of energy we consume to heat and cool them; not to mention they are typically more comfortable then ever before.   

There are two types of heat an air conditioner must deal with.  Sensible heat (think temperature), and latent heat (think humidity or moisture related).  Unfortunately, central air conditionering is much better for removing sensible heat; approximately 70-80% of their capacity only deals with sensible. For the 20-30% humidity removal, the AC has to run at least 8 minutes before it's able to actually remove any moisture.  We call this the sensible to latent ratio or sensible heat ratio (SHR).

Today's high performing, energy efficient homes (through better insulation, windows, etc.), are reducing the amount of sensible cooling we need, yet the amount of moisture (latent heat) we are producing in our homes (breathing, cooking, bathing, etc...) has not changed.  Can you see how the SHR of the standard central air conditioning system is no longer alligned?  Not to mention seasonal changes; when it's too chilly to open the windows in the spring and fall, but we're still dealing with humidity levels above our ideal range of 45-60% (dependent upon the outside temperatures).

There are also times during the winter, because of the increased efficiency, when we will need to dehumidify our homes - to eliminate damaging condesation on our windows, walls and ceilings.  This is not to say our homes can't handle some bits of condensation, but when left unchecked this is a recipe for disaster.  It is critical to control humidity levels as outside temperatures flucuate.  The good news is, we can accomplish humidity control through the introduction of outside air (ventilation), which is something we need anyway for a healthy home.

Priority Energy's Approach to Control High Humidity Levels:

To combat the problem identified above we have two options:

  1. Install an HVAC system which includes:
    1. A properly sized variable speed furnace with a Multi-stage/variable speed AC combined with a
    2. Whole home ventilation system and a
    3. Thermostat / stand-alone control switch which automates humidification, ventilation, HVAC fan speed, and AC staging based on outside temperatures
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  2. Install an HVAC system which includes:
    1. A properly sized single stage furnace and AC or better combined with a
    2. Whole home ventilating dehumidifier and a
    3. Thermostat / stand-alone control switch which automates humidification, ventilation, heating, and cooling based on outside temperatures.

Priority Energy's experienced team can design either system described above for your new or existing home/business.  They are proud to provide Ultra-Aire ventilating dehumidifiers for sale and/or installation.

We offer Ultra-Aire's full line of ventilating dehumidifiers:

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Call today to see how Priority Energy can help create a healthier, more comfortable space for you!  800.737.2299

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