Prevent Mold and Musty Odors with a HydraAir Basement Dehumidifier
With all of the dehumidifier options on the market, choosing the right one can often seem overwhelming.
How large of a unit will you need?
What kind of options make for a low-maintenance, high-functioning design?
The experts at Helitech can help you choose and install the right dehumidifier specific to the needs of your basement or crawl space.
Studies have shown that as much as 50% of the air in your home comes up from your basement or crawlspace. That air is usually higher in moisture and carries with it a variety of allergens and musty odors. If the conditions linger above 60% relative humidity for an extended period, it stimulates mold, mildew, and bacteria growth.
The American Lung Association and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity levels in the 30% to 50% range. A high-capacity dehumidifier like the Hydrabreeze system is one of the best dehumidifiers for basements because it offers more protection than typical air conditioning and ventilation systems.
First off, every basement should have a Hydrabreeze dehumidification system because over 50% of the air in the main living area of your home actually comes up from your basement … this is called the stack effect.
The stack effect is the movement of warm, dry air rising and escaping through the floors of your home, and the cooler, damp air finding its way into the lower levels to equalize pressure. Ultimately, whatever air is below your home is also inside the main living space and thus, the air you and your family breathe.
This stack effect contributes to:
Damage to property
Among other poor indoor air quality issues.
Why You Need a Dehumidifier for Your Basement
You might not think about it very often, especially if you only go into your basement occasionally to do the laundry or if the tornado siren goes off. It’s just the basement. It couldn’t possibly affect the rest of the house.
Except, it can and does.
The cool surface temperatures of the ground under your basement can create a micro-environment where the relative humidity of the air reaches its saturation point and condensation can occur. As a result, there is excess moisture which can support mold and microbial growth, causing the musty odor most people associate with a basement.
Your basement is a significant source of air infiltration that permeates into the rest of your living area. It transmits odors, carries moisture, and creates an environment for mold growth and pest and dust mite infestation.
A wet basement contributes to other issues in the home like the cupping of wood floors and the deterioration of floor joists, beams, sub-flooring, insulation, and electrical-mechanical systems.
Installing a dehumidifier for your basement that can handle a large amount of excess moisture is your best bet for ensuring your home is safely dry.
How the HydraAir System Works
The American-made, Energy Star HydraAir works in the simplest of terms by removing moisture from the air. This creates living spaces that are not only comfortable to you, but inhospitable to dust mites, mold, and other allergens.
Hydrabreeze makes your home comfortably dry and healthy through its unique, patented moisture control system. Unlike a typical dehumidifier, the HydraAir technology is designed to expel excess moist air from the least ventilated areas of your home like the basement or crawl space.
The HydraAir system draws in contaminated indoor pollutants and moist air and then expels them safely from the home. Humid air is pulled into the dehumidifier through the high-efficiency Merv air filter.
The air then passes over the evaporator coil. The cold surface of the evaporator coil, combined with the humid air, forces water to condense and droplets to form on the coil. This water then drops into the drain pan and runs out of the HydraAir through the drain tube to an exit point.
The now cold, dry air passes over the condenser coils and is heated to near room temperature. The conditioned air is then supplied to the basement or crawl space.
The replenishment cycle provides your home with healthy air while creating crucial ventilation that will inhibit the growth of moisture, mold, and pollutants, reducing any future moisture-related problems.
In these easy steps, your home’s air is now below the recommended 50% relative humidity and you no longer have to worry about mold, dust mites, or those musty smells.
If needed, the Hydrabreeze unit can also be fitted with a ducting kit to keep it out of sight in a storage room when the basement is finished.
Why Helitech’s HydraAir
Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by Helitech’s HydraAir high-capacity dehumidifier. The Energy Star Hydrabreeze will not only remove all of the bad humidity from your basement, but it will replace it with conditioned air and will also help your HVAC system work more efficiently.
By keeping the relative humidity in your basement below the recommended 50% level, you will keep mold, mildew, and musty smell out of your home. Mold can’t grow if the relative humidity is less than 60%, which also means dust mites can’t cause issues to your family’s health as they require warm humid air to thrive.
The HydraAir uses a Merv filter which means your home’s air will be filtered down to less than 2 microns. Now why that matters to you is that mold particles are greater than 2 microns in size, so with the HydraAir unit running, your air will be mold-free.
Most free-standing dehumidifiers tend to recirculate the air immediately surrounding them creating a zone of warm, lower relative humidity. This often leads to a box store dehumidifier prematurely shutting down its cooling cycle and then starting up again a short time later. Not only is this inefficient, but it delivers poor moisture removal and uses more power.
The HydraAir unit features a patented dual exhaust specifically designed to provide the optimal amount of airflow so that the unit only runs when it needs to – thus making it much more efficient than an off-the-shelf box store unit.
Because of these benefits and its large capacity commercial quality design, the HydraAir will outperform any standard dehumidifier. The HydraAir classic will put out 110 pints of water a day. That’s almost 14 GALLONS of water it can remove from your home in a day. All this while only using 6.4 amps of power to get it done.
Unlike the big box brand units you may find at a home improvement store, the HydraAir unit boasts superior filtration that’s scientifically proven to eliminate dust mites, mold, and other problems caused by excess moisture in the air. Several organizations including the EPA and American Lung Association recommend installing a dehumidifier in the basement or crawl space to help maintain humidity levels at 50% or less in your home.
Take care of your home and your family with a HydraAir dehumidifier and Heal your home’s air.
What Sets Helitech Apart
Helitech has a full staff of customer service representatives to serve you and your needs better. High-quality customer service and getting the job done right the first time have always been our top priorities.
Your home is one of the most significant investments for your quality of life, and we are the industry experts who will work to heal it. We have solved issues in thousands of homes and helped families stay safe. We’re a family-owned business, and we believe in our products and services.
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