7 Reasons to Install a Ducted Dehumidifier
Having a ducted dehumidifier installed in your home could make all the difference when it comes to controlling excess humidity throughout the entire home. These amazing units are hidden away in your roof cavity so they are virtually invisible yet they can effectively reduce humidity level and maintain comfortable air quality, offering both health benefits and potential cost savings over time.
Ducted dehumidifiers enhance the comfort of your home and decrease the likelihood of problems such as mould formation and musty smells, thereby safeguarding both your home and its contents.
Many customers approach us with the goal of maintaining a specific relative humidity in their homes. However, due to a multitude of factors such as ambient humidity and the airtightness of the house, this can be quite challenging. This is why manufacturers prefer to focus on the capacity of the unit in terms of how many litres of moisture it can remove daily. The concept of relative humidity (RH%) is also crucial here. RH% is the proportion of the current moisture in the air to the maximum amount it can hold at that particular temperature. Warmer air can sustain a higher relative humidity as it can hold more moisture overall. Therefore, the cooler your home, the higher the relative humidity will be, given that cold air can hold less moisture.
Putting your money into ducted dehumidifiers can result in substantial energy savings. This is because it enables you to set your air conditioner at a higher temperature without compromising comfort. A ducted whole home dehumidifier can also help promote a healthier living environment by reducing allergens thanks to optional air filtration options such as HEPA, UV, ion generators & the option to bring fresh air into your home.
Explore why opting for ducted dehumidifiers might be the best way of keeping indoor air fresh and dry!
What is a Ducted Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a small refrigerated cooling system designed specifically optimize the humidity within homes to ensure improved living conditions. But how does it work?
To start, air from indoors is taken in by the machine through the return air grille and runs through a pre-filter which remove particles and contaminants. If installed the air then passes series of other filters to further reduce airbourne particles these filters could be G4 rated, HEPA or carbon filters to remove odours.
The air then moves through the coiling coil which runs at temperatures lower than a standard air conditioner so it can remove the maximum amount of moisture, this moisture that is removed is pumped out of a drain on the outside of the home. The filtered indoor air now undergoes purifying with added components such as an ion generator & UV that covers the cooling coil to prevent mould. This cycle repeats throughout the day effectively reducing humidity and cleaning the air in your home, yes that means a cleaner house!
Some systems offer the option to outside air which can help reduce the CO2 levels in your home (bye-bye brain fog & headaches) however this means you are bringing in more humid air into the home so if you choose this function you should opt for a larger dehumidifier.
Benefits of Installing a Ducted Dehumidifier
Integrating a ducted dehumidifier is gaining popularity due to its low noise operation and humidity control capabilities. Not only do these systems provide better comfort levels in the home by removing moisture from the air, but it also provides various benefits such as improved air quality, reduced energy usage costs, prevention of mould growth and removal of unwanted odours for healthier indoor air for your family. All these advantages add up to why many homeowners are opting for investing in one today!
Reduce Humidity for Increased Comfort
Air control in an indoor environment is essential for both comfort and health of the people living in the home. Elevated humidity can cause discomfort and decrease air quality, which makes investing in ducted dehumidifiers worthwhile due to its numerous advantages.
Dehum systems are beneficial by decreasing moisture, minimizing dust mites, pollen, mildew or mould spores with options that provide user-friendly operation so maintaining optimal levels is easy. But what exactly does this ideal range mean? We recommend you aim for 50 – 65% relative humidity (RH). In cold climates, RH should be lower as condensation may appear on windows otherwise. Making sure your home maintains these parameters becomes simple when you invest in a quality dehum!
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Dehumidifiers are essential for improving the quality of indoor air. By controlling humidity levels, these cool little units prevent allergens such as dust mites and mould spores from flourishing inside your home or workplace. The filters on ducted dehumidifiers capture particles like pollen and other contaminants to create a much cleaner environment when you breathe in.
Some systems come equipped with UV lamps that are designed to kill viruses and bacteria by exposing them to direct ultraviolet light beams, all while keeping indoor moisture levels in check. The integration of this technology into the system guarantees not just comfort, but also cleanliness and overall health at all times!
Lower your Energy Bills
Investing in a quality dehumidifier might not seem like a way to save money at first glance, but it can help save money on your power bills over the long term if used correctly. Reducing the humidity provides increased comfort which to run a higher air conditioning temperature set point without sacrificing the comfort within your home, potentially leading to significant energy cost savings over time.
By nudging your thermostat up by a couple of degrees and incorporating a whole-house dehumidifying system, you could see considerable energy savings throughout the season. This minor change can lead to a major impact on your power bill, a benefit that many homeowners would undeniably appreciate. And the best part? You can achieve this without compromising the indoor comfort and health!
Reduce the possibility of mould in your home
A house with higher than recommended humidity can be a breeding ground for mould, leading to some unpleasant side effects and possible health issues. The best defence against this problem is by using an efficient ducted hideaway dehumidifier system that reduces & regulates air moisture levels throughout the entire home. This makes it more difficult for mould to grow since mould requires damp conditions in order to thrive & grow.
Prevent horrible musty smells!
A house full of musty odours can be a major turn-off. These foul smells could come from several sources such as: dampness, improper drying of linens and clothes, plumbing leaks or high humidity or simply living in a high humidity part of the country with inadequate ventilation. Yet you don’t have to live with these pungent scents forever – having a ducted dehumidifier installed in your home will reduce the amount of moisture present which ultimately eliminates bad odours.
Using a well designed dehumidification system offers an array of savings over time by protecting personal items from damage caused by mould/mildew build up plus it enhances air conditioners efficiency thus lowering energy costs whilst reducing health hazards associated with breathing air contaminated by mould spores and allergens.
Improved health for your family
When looking for an effective way to contribute positively to your family’s well-being, a ducted dehumidifier is the ideal choice. Not only can this device save you money, but it also assists with allergies by significantly reducing spores from mould and dust mites in the indoor air – Improving your families overall health.
As mentioned earlier, the extra filters and air purification enhancements significantly boost the health advantages. UV-C lamps, ion generators, and high-efficiency HEPA filters can all work together to drastically enhance the quality of your indoor air and, your health.
Safeguard your belongings!
Your furniture and electronics will thank you for installing ducted dehumidifiers! By keeping moisture at bay, you can prevent premature wear and tear on your precious items.
Let’s delve deeper into this. High humidity levels are notorious for causing damage to various household items. When it comes to furniture, excess moisture can cause wooden items to warp and crack over time. It can also lead to the growth of mould and mildew on your upholstered items, which can not only ruin their appearance but also trigger allergies and other health issues.
As for electronics, these are even more susceptible to humidity damage. Humidity can lead to condensation within your electronic devices, causing their internal components to corrode over time. This can lead to performance issues and even complete failure of the devices.
By installing a ducted dehumidifier, you can maintain an optimal humidity level in your home, protecting your furniture and electronics from these potential issues. It’s a small investment that can save you a lot of money in the long run by extending the lifespan of your belongings.
Can a ducted dehumidifier be integrated with a ducted air conditioner?
Indeed, integrating a ducted dehum with a ducted air conditioning system is feasible. However, this setup can be complex and costly due to the need for additional dampers and sensors to manage airflow. This configuration typically restricts the simultaneous operation of the air conditioner and the dehumidifier.
While it is technically possible to incorporate a dehumidifier into the existing air conditioning ductwork, we advise installing a standalone system with its own duct network for simplicity. This arrangement allows for the simultaneous operation of both the air conditioning and the dehumidifier around the clock.
What brand of whole home ducted dehumidifiers do we recommend?
There are a limited number of brands available on the Australian market today but the quality LUKO range of dehumidifiers have a size available to suit most Australian homes at a great price. The largest unit will remove up to 140 litres of moisture per day, if you have a larger than average home you can always install multiple systems.
The LUKO product comes in two flavours, a recirculating model & outside air model allowing you to introduce fresh air into the home to keep CO2 levels in check, don’t worry though the outside air is dehumidified before it enters the home.
We recently installed a LUKO FD-S140L into our customer Grant’s home in Beerwah Queensland, here is what Grant has to say about it
Smarter Air & Electrical was the only business that we could find that had knowledge and willingness to install a whole of house ducted dehumidifier. The installation process was smooth and professional. The dehumidifier is fantastic. It controls the humidity and works separately to and complimentary with our ducted aircon. The house is comfortable 24/7, particularly at night to help with sleep. I would highly recommend installing a ducted dehumidifier to anyone who wants to reduce humidity levels their home and increase all around comfort. Grant – Beerwah QLD
In summary, the installation of a ducted dehumidifier can significantly enhance the air quality and health conditions in your home, while also providing the added benefit of energy cost reduction. It not only boosts the comfort of your living space but also contributes positively to your overall well-being. With a ducted dehumidifier, you can enjoy a healthier, more comfortable home environment, and minimize the occurrence of mould-related issues.