With summer well on its way, temperatures already rising, and uncertainty around just how much we’ll be able to be out and about this coming season, it’s time to prepare for one of the most uncomfortable climate experiences we have here in Georgia—humidity.
If you’re wondering if an air conditioner helps dehumidify your air, yes, it does. But that is not what your air conditioner is designed for! In fact, humidity can make you feel warmer and adjust your thermostat lower so that the compressor runs longer. This means you’re more likely to experience breakdowns and it’s more likely you’ll shorten the air conditioner’s lifespan.
The solution? A whole-house dehumidifier!
The Power of a Whole-House Dehumidifier
High humidity levels paired with heat make you feel much warmer because your body simply can’t evaporate sweat as it is supposed to. A whole-house dehumidifier helps you to:
- Improve Your Comfort: Taking moisture out of the air makes you feel cooler, meaning your comfort level will improve.
- Save Money: There’s no need to turn down the temperature on the thermostat any lower than 78°F when you have a dehumidifier in place. This means the compressor won’t run as often and you won’t use as much energy.
- Mitigate Mold Growth: Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments, however, a dehumidifier can help you reduce mold growth and reproduction.
- Whole-Home Protection: You can help protect your living space form water damage that sometimes occurs over time due to the moisture buildup from high humidity.
Why a Portable System Isn’t Enough
A whole-home dehumidifier is simply a better choice than a portable system if you’re looking to save money, stay comfortable, and help your home. It is installed directly into the ductwork to help treat the entirety of your indoor air rather than just one room.
Yes, you can find portable dehumidifiers, but these systems simply can’t achieve the same results as a whole-house system can. These systems work similarly to standard central air conditioners—removing moisture from your indoor air as the run. But since whole-house dehumidifiers just have that one job, they’re much more effective at it than your AC system.
Don’t Forgo the Pro!
If you’re interested in having a whole-home dehumidifier installed, we really can’t stress the importance of calling in a professional HVAC technician. Only an experienced pro has the tools, training, and expertise to match you with the appropriate system, correctly install it, and make other indoor air quality recommendations that can help you optimize your home and your comfort.
There are plenty of amateurs out there who’d be willing to complete an installation for you, but sometimes in an attempt to save money, homeowners often find that they have to pay even more to correct a mistake that an amateur made. This is why it’s best to call in a professional and get the job done right the first time!