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How a Whole House Dehumidifier Can Save You Money This Summer
The greatest enemy of comfort during the summer is heat. But humidity is a close second. A dry day can make high temperatures much more bearable. But when the moisture level of the air rises, it blocks your body from effectively releasing heat through sweating, making you feel hotter than the actual temperature. One way to defeat humidity during the summer season is through the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers do more than make a home feel pleasant: they will also save a homeowner money in a number of different ways. Installing a whole-house dehumidifier requires an indoor air quality specialist who can determine how large a dehumidifier you need and then properly fit it into your HVAC system. For services to select and install a whole-house dehumidifier in Ham Lake, MN, look to the experienced indoor air quality team at Air Mechanical, Inc.
How a dehumidifier saves you money
A dehumidifier will start to immediately reduce your utility bills once it comes on. Because your home will feel cooler with lower levels of moisture in the air, you will not need to run the air conditioner as often. Along with making your electrical bills smaller, the reduction in stress on your air conditioner also means fewer repair needs and a system with a much longer lifespan. What better way to save money in the long term than to have a few extra years of air conditioning service before you need to have it replaced? Don’t worry about the extra electrical cost to run the dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers use only a fraction of the power that an air conditioning compressor does. (A central AC averages 220 volts, while a dehumidifier averages 100 volts.) If you can reduce your air conditioning use by only an hour a day because of the action of a dehumidifier, you will save around $20 a day… and you will probably manage to reduce your use much farther. Air conditioning systems do reduce humidity through their action of absorbing moisture onto the evaporator coils. However, air conditioners are not specifically designed to control humidity and have little effect on any humidity level higher than 50%. If humidity is a serious problem for your home, it is a wise idea to invest in a whole-house dehumidifier to augment the air conditioner. The other benefits of a dehumidifier—less moisture damage to furnishings, mold and mildew growth reduction, and improved health—will save you money in less direct but nonetheless significant ways. If humidity is making your summer unpleasant, or if you’ve noticed moisture damage in your house, you should consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier in Ham Lake, MN. For consultation and installation services that will make sure you end up with the ideal dehumidifier, call Air Mechanical, Inc. today.
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