Without the proper humidity control, basements become susceptible to mold, mildew and the odors that accompany them. The excess moisture also damages tools, furniture, electronics and the other investments that make a basement a family's unique territory. It takes a short time for moisture buildup in a basement to noticeably impact air quality throughout the house, creating that "basement smell" and aggravating health conditions. The recent severe weather in the Midwest flooded the basement of Bill and Marilyn Johnson, a couple living in Ohio. With so much moisture left in their basement, they weren't sure how to dry it out.
Following Flood, Johnsons Give Dehumidifier a Try
The Johnsons discovered the benefits of a dehumidifier after their local HVAC dealer installed one to help mitigate the flood damage.
"A serviceman came out the next day and we discussed the storm," Marilyn said. "He suggested that we might look at an Aprilaire dehumidifier. In a short period of time we noticed a big difference in the air quality and it dried out the basement."
The Johnsons have continued to notice an improvement in their indoor-air quality as a result of using of a high-capacity dehumidifier. Marilyn said that controlling their basement humidity has reduced her asthma symptoms and visitors to their home are impressed by how fresh the air is.
"Also, the air conditioner is not running much at all," she said. "Our home is at 75 degrees with no humidity."
Couple is Proud to Own an American-Made Dehumidifier That's Built to Last
As the Johnsons discovered, a high-capacity dehumidifier is an investment that pays for itself as homeowners reap the rewards of improved efficiency, capacity and protection.
- Low-cost operation – High-capacity units are able to run much more efficiently, and that saves money on the utility bill! In testing, it cost as little as $.27 per day to run an Aprilaire dehumidifier versus retail models that were tested, which cost from $.85 to $1.27 per day to operate. This lead to a seasonal savings of $177.60!
- Improved comfort – With proper humidification, homeowners are less likely to over-cool their homes and can set the thermostat at a higher and more comfortable temperature.
- Energy efficiency – High-capacity units are more efficient than the leading portable units.
"The best thing about Aprilaire dehumidifiers is that they are built in the U.S.A.!" said Marilyn.
About Aprilaire: We have been a brand leader in indoor air quality for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency .Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.