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It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity!

Published on: June 19, 2018
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Summer weather can be a struggle to deal with, and you can experience increased comfort in your home without lowering your thermostat. Humidity plays a huge role in how cool you feel, plus it contributes to poor indoor air quality in your home. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity levels in a home during the cooling process, but if the humidity is too high, there are other ways you can improve your home’s environment.

Dehumidifiers

One of the best ways to control the humidity levels in your home is by installing a whole-home dehumidifier. It works with your current air conditioner to extract moisture from the air before it’s dispersed throughout your home. A home experiencing healthy moisture levels will feel cooler without adjusting the thermostat when the heat rises. Excess humidity prevents your body from naturally cooling off, which is why it feels hotter when the moisture is high outside.

A whole-home dehumidifier will also boost your cooling system’s efficiency. When you feel cooler due to reduced humidity, you won’t need to lower the thermostat. You can experience increased comfort while saving money on your energy bill every month. Additional benefits of a whole-home dehumidifier include:

  • Fresher air in your home
  • Reduces the risk of mold or mildew growing inside your air conditioner
  • Eliminates sticky or sweaty surfaces in your home
  • Fewer musty odors
  • Prevents water stains from forming on your walls and ceilings
  • Stops paint from peeling

Air Conditioners Help Reduce Moisture

Air conditioners help reduce humidity during the cooling process by removing some of the moisture before it’s dispersed throughout a home. Most advanced air conditioners help control humidity levels with the use of the evaporator coil, which extracts water vapor from the air. When hot, moist air makes contact with the cold evaporator coils, the liquid is condensed out of the air and drained outside.

Only correctly sized air conditioners help with humidity control, which means if your current unit is too large or too small for your home it can’t adequately dehumidify the incoming air. Call AC Southeast to find a local HVAC technician to measure your current unit. If the unit isn’t the right size for your home, the technician will offer suggestions to improve humidity control.

Prevent Allergens

Excessive moisture in your home presents several problems without you even realizing it. Whole-home dehumidifiers and properly sized air conditioners help achieve ideal humidity in your home to reduce the number of allergens contaminating your indoor air quality. Eliminating humidity in your home stops allergy and asthma triggers for your family. Your indoor air quality will be healthier without excess moisture causing mold, mildew, or dust mites to grow.

Dust mites, mildew, and mold develop and grow in moist conditions, especially when ventilation is weak. You will notice more issues with congestion, sneezing, skin irritation, breathing, and itchy, watery eyes. A dehumidifier and air conditioner reduce these allergens so you and your family can experience healthy humidity and increased comfort in your home. Ideal humidity levels combined with eliminating allergens in your home ensures you, your family, and your home remains healthy throughout the summer.

Take steps to control the humidity in your home now! Properly sized air conditioners help control moisture so you can experience cool comfort indoors. Install a whole-home dehumidifier to work with your current air conditioning system. Visit AC Southeast before the humidity gets too high and find a dealer with a NATE-certified technician who can inspect your HVAC system.