When it comes to air conditioning, there is more to conditioning the air than simply relying on your HVAC system to cool the temperature of the air in your home. Sure, that’s part of it, but there’s also another part of the equation that few homeowners consider.
Arid Vs. Humid
In a nutshell, humidity is the amount of moisture in the air, which greatly affects the “feels like” temperature. That’s why you might hear some people argue the merits of the “dry heat” of say, Phoenix, versus the “tropical heat” of Florida, for example. In other words, 79 degrees in a drier, more arid climate will feel cooler than the same reading of 79 degrees in a humid climate. That’s a perfect example of humidity’s effect on temperature. Now imagine that happening inside your home.
Helps Your AC Unit
While air conditioners help lower humidity by cycling air through the condenser and evaporator coil (that’s where the water that drains from your AC unit comes from), your central AC unit could certainly use a helpful shot in the arm by using a separate dehumidifier to remove even more moisture from the air. Not only is a dehumidifier cheaper to run, it will help prevent the overuse of your air conditioning, saving you money, energy and unnecessary wear on your AC unit, prolonging its overall life expectancy. Optimally, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees while also using a dehumidifier to regulate the indoor temperature.
Helps Your Health
In addition to helping your AC to cool your home, a separate dehumidifier is also helpful in relieving allergy symptoms by reducing the threat of mold, mildew, dust mites and an overall musty interior, especially in areas of stagnant, humid air such as a closet or attic.
Choosing a Dehumidifier
In order to determine what type and size of dehumidifier to get, you should consider how much space you have and how much moisture you wish to remove from the space. There are dehumidifiers that range in size from small capacity to treat single rooms and smaller spaces such as closets to whole-house capacity systems that can be integrated with the HVAC system for an overall benefit throughout the home. Be sure to ask your Atlanta Air Care professional for the best dehumidifying options for your home.
Serving the Southeast for well over a decade, Atlanta Air Care is committed to providing you with the necessary tools, information and solid advice you need to be able to make important decisions regarding any aspect of your home’s comfort. We look forward to serving you.