Chances are, you’ve heard this phrase or some version of it quite often: “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity!” Humidity levels in the air make us feel uncomfortably hot, clammy, or sticky. In some areas, dry air is the biggest problem, but humid air can often be much worse in the summertime, even as you run your central air conditioner.
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In our area, the winters are killer, but the hot, humid summers can get just as bad. When the temperature is high, it’s often still bearable—until humidity levels start to go up. You feel warmer when there are higher levels of moisture in the air because it’s so much harder for your body to cool off when it’s humid outside. The moisture already in the air prevents moisture from evaporating off your skin, the way you cool down naturally.
When people think of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, they often picture those small plug-in units people sometimes keep by their beds or in a central location. But this just won’t do if you’re trying to improve the air quality in your home and keep your family members more comfortable.
Your air conditioner works hard in the summer to keep you cool. Could yours be working harder than it needs to be? If you struggle with humidity levels in your home and you don’t have a whole-house dehumidifier in place, the answer may be yes.
When there is moisture in the air, you can feel it. High levels of humidity leave people with a feeling often described as “sticky” and can make you feel a lot warmer than the temperature on the thermostat would indicate. It can even lead to the development of mold. The solution? A whole-house dehumidifier. This installation helps to remove moisture from the air, and it can even reduce your monthly spending.
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.
There are a number of common misconceptions about humidity and air conditioning and how one affects the other. In truth, humidity is a major part of the discomfort we feel when the mercury rises. It can be 78 degrees outside but feel miserable simply because the humidity is high. So, many people in Linwood wonder whether a dehumidifier is a good solution to moderate heat and how it will work in tandem with an air conditioner.
Humidity and Your Air Conditioner
First, remember that air conditioning naturally lowers humidity because it cycles air through its condenser and evaporator coil. Conditioned air is naturally lower in humidity, regardless of what’s going on outside. So, if it is hot outside and humid, an air conditioner alone is very effective. On the other hand, a dehumidifier is useful is when the temperature isn’t that high but the humidity is.
Dehumidification not only lowers the relative humidity in your home, it reduces the need for cooling because you will feel more comfortable. Not only that, but a dehumidifier costs significantly less to run. So, when the temperature outside isn’t that high, there is no need to use thousands of watts per day of electricity just to stay comfortable.
This also reduces the overall wear on your air conditioner. Since it doesn’t need to run 24 hours a day to reduce humidity, wear and tear on the device is reduced and you save a tremendous amount of money on repairs and eventual replacement costs.
When to Use a Dehumidifier Alone
Generally, the Department of Energy recommends setting your air conditioner to 78 degrees and using a combination of a dehumidifier and fans to stay cool while it is off. If the temperature rises above that level, the air conditioner will turn on and supplement your dehumidifier. Consider too that a dehumidifier will reduce the burden placed on your air conditioner to pull humidity from the air. Humid air takes more energy to cool than dry air. Despite the fact that dehumidifiers will often raise the air temperature by 1-2 degrees, they save energy and make you more comfortable.
So, if you’re looking for a way to reduce your energy bill and enhance the longevity of your Linwood air conditioner, look no further than a quality dehumidifier. Call Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today if you have any questions about installing a dehumidifier in your home!