Posts Tagged ‘dehumidifier’

Hurricane season may be over, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have some rain and moisture in the air during the winter season! It is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.

You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

Nobody likes the effect that allergens have on you and while we may not be able to stop outside allergens, we can help you to reduce the allergens found in your home by providing you these simple tips.

First, be aware that having a hot and humid house can breed mold and dust mites.  By keeping your temperature at the ideal level of 70 F, with a humidity level of 50% or less, you are helping to decrease the buildup of allergens.  Another great way to combat mold is to use a dehumidifier.  A dehumidifier will significantly reduce the amount of humidity found in a home, lessening the ability for mold to grow.

Cleaning your home isn’t just for when you have guests, but keeping your home on a weekly cleaning routine can drastically reduce allergens too!  By vacuuming (with a HEPA filter), mopping, dusting and washing surfaces in your home, including windows and doors, you can be protecting yourself from having allergens.  It’s also recommended that you change your A/C filters once a month.

Casteel has dehumidifiers and can offer more suggestions for reducing potential allergens in your home.  Go online or call us today for an appointment at (770) 565-5884.  Also visit us on Facebook and Twitter for helpful tips!

The summer months are fast approaching and the temperature is heating up. If you live in the state of Georgia, then you are already familiar with humidity! Sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to get rid of that heavy, sticky, hot feeling in your home. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the summer heat! Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home should be between 30% to 60%.

Not only does a dehumidifier help keep you comfortable in your home, but excessive humidity can also create an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew – invaders that can be unhealthy and destructive to a home, its occupants and its furnishings. Just another reason to fight the humidity!

Just so you understand how a dehumidifier works, let’s break it down into four simple components Fan Compressor, Reheater, Compressor cooling coils and Reservoir. These parts work together to collect the surrounding air, then, the coils use condensation to extract the moisture from the air. The dehumidifier reheats the air and exhausts it back into the room. Simple enough, right?

It’s only May, so you still have time to invest in a dehumidifier before it’s too late and your hair frizzes out of control! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Winter is here and that means cold and flu season! Keeping your air at home clean will help you breath easier! There are some simple steps, recommended by health.com, you can take around the house to help keep your air clean.

Ditch the Logs
Avoid wood-burning fire places. Yes, we know, nothing sets the mood like a fire, but they produce particles that can get into your lungs and make it harder to breath. Any type of smoke inhalant is not good for you, period.

Take those Cigarettes Outside
You do not need to be inhaling cigarette smoke or letting others in you home do the same. Once again, smoke inhalation is not good!

Keep those Dust Mites Out
Changing your sheets at least once a week and using bed-bug proof pillow cases will help eliminate dust mites that burrow in your mattress and sheets. Dust mites can trigger asthma attacks and allergies.

Filter Your Air
An air filter can reduce the amount of air particles that get into your lungs drastically. Also, remember to change your air filter often so it is working as efficiently as possible.

Ventilation System
A good ventilation system in your bathrooms and bedrooms can help reduce mold and mildew buildup. Also, since dust mites like humidity, try keeping your humidity levels low with a dehumidifier.

Check Your Stove
Make sure you have a good ventilation system on your stove. Even a gas stove can be a problem for people with lung issues. Make sure you have your gas stove checked so that the minimum amount of gas is escaping.

Take these simple steps to help improve the quality of air you are breathing in everyday, especially if you have issues with your lungs. Let the new year bring in a healthier and cleaner home!

Rain, rain, go away, we don’t want any mold today! Between the moisture from the summers warm, humid air and all the rain we get it is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.
  • You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

    I’m sure many of you have heard of a dehumidifier, but do you know what one is?  A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air.  The ideal level of humidity in a home should be between 30 to 60 percent.  People living in homes at this range feel the most comfortable and can limit many harmful effects.  As we enter spring and as summer approaches, excessive moisture can be a major problem.  The moisture in the air can make your home feel uncomfortable.  Excess moisture also promotes mold and mildew which is not fun to deal with!

    Some benefits of a dehumidifier are:

    • Helps protect you from asthma attacks due to dust mites.
    • Deters symptoms of arthritis from acting up.
    • Prevents mold and mildew.
    • Energy efficient for your home.

    These are just some of the many benefits of having a dehumidifier.  So as we enter the warm summer months in Atlanta make sure your home has a dehumidifier.  For more information, you can speak to one of our team members or you can contact us online!

    During this time of the year alot of us are using dehumidifiers to keep us from drying out. While this is a good thing to do, you have to stay on top of them to make sure they are running properly and efficiently AND most of all, doing what they were meant to do.

    We found a great resource for troubleshooting your dehumidifier issues and are more than happy to share it here with you!

    Dehumidifiers will work only down to the temperature for which they are designed. If there is no operating temperature stated, then it is a 65 degree model, and it will freeze up below 65 degrees. In some models this will cause the compressor to shut off, allow the ice to melt (could be an hour or so), restart, refreeze, and the cycle continues with no water being removed and the electrical costs mounting. And, unfortunately, in some units, the compressor does not shut off and stays on and the frost on the coils becomes ice that becomes a block of ice that blocks the airflow and eventually burns out the motor. This is why we recommend a low temp dehumidifier for areas of the country where the temperature can fluctuate down to 40 degrees at night.

    DEHUMIDIFIER PROBLEMS

    There is little or no water in the bucket
    If your dehumidifier doesn’t seem to run frequently and the humidity in the room remains high, adjust the humidistat control to a drier setting. If the dehumidifier seems to run constantly, but there’s little or no water in the container, there is possibly a problem with the refrigeration system. Try cleaning the air filter and the unit itself, but if that doesn’t work, you will need a qualified appliance repair person or facility.

    The indicator light is on, but the unit won’t run
    The water tank may be completely filled. Most dehumidifiers have a safety switch to turn the dehumidifier off when the water tank is full. It is usually a float inside the tank to trigger this switch and prevent the tank from overflowing. If the tank is empty and the unit doesn’t run, look at the inside wall against which the tank pushes to see if there’s a switch or mechanism present. Sometimes just pushing in the bucket a little differently will press the switch. Also, you may be able to activate or bend the switch slightly with your finger to solve the problem.

    The dehumidifier runs, but no air is coming out of the machine
    Your dehumidifier has a fan that draws the room air over the coils. If there is no air movement from the unit, it is possible that the fan motor may have burned out. If so, the fan motor needs to be replaced.

    There is frost on the coils
    The coils you see on the back of your dehumidifier are called the evaporator. When the unit is running, these coils turn ice cold. As the fan draws the moist air over the coils, the humidity in the air condenses on these coils. And if the temperature of the air blowing over the coils is too cool, this condensation will freeze on the coils.

    Possible solutions might be:

    • Add heat to the room in which the dehumidifier is located.
    • Turn the unit off to allow the temperature in the room to rise.
    • Place the dehumidifier on a shelf or table (the air is coolest near the ground).

    The container seems to fill up too quickly
    When the container seems to fill too often, it means your dehumidifier is working properly. However, if the container fills quickly day after day, there may be additional moisture in the air due to a pipe or water leak or an open crawl space. If so, it would be best to correct this problem by stopping the leak or closing off the crawl space.


    Artcile cited: http://www.allergyconsumerreview.com/dehumidifier-advice-troubleshooting.html