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The Impact of Excessive Moisture in Your Home

mold on wallWe might not get it as bad as some other states do during the summer, but the effects of high humidity affect us here too. If you have an effective and efficient cooling system, it can relieve some of your discomfort on a hot, humid day. But are you really doing all you can to improve your San Antonio, TX indoor air quality?

When humidity brings excess moisture into your living space, you need a whole-house dehumidifier that works with your cooling system. Many homeowners “get by” with portable dehumidifiers around the house, but this isn’t the same, and doesn’t do much to lessen the impact of excessive moisture in your home. Consider a whole-house dehumidifier installation to improve your comfort, air quality, and energy-saving efforts.

Excessive Moisture Can Cost You Money

Your air conditioner does have dehumidification properties—but at a cost. Typically, in order to rid your home of enough excessive moisture to be comfortable and to keep your property in good shape, you’d need to set the temperature lower than you’re comfortable with. It removes some moisture, sure, but it uses up a lot of unnecessary energy in doing so.

A dehumidifier not only costs less to run than your air conditioner, but it can run independently from your AC system. On a mild day, you may not even need to run your air conditioner at all to relieve your home of high humidity—you can just run the dehumidifier. Essentially, a dehumidifier helps your cooling system out by allowing it to function as it should and not letting it struggle too hard to overcomes excess moisture.

High Humidity Creates Strain on the AC System

Without a dehumidifier in place, you may run your air conditioner excessively to achieve comfort in your home on the most humid of days. But this wears out the system’s components, since it has to continuously cycle when trying to rid your home of that excess humidity. This can lead to a number of problems for your air conditioner, including premature shut down.

Too much humidity can also increase the chances that your indoor coil will freeze. This is something that can be harmful to the air conditioner. A whole-house dehumidifier, however, helps to prevent freezing along with the moisture overflow in the condensate drain that could happen, and damage your home.

Too Much Moisture Hurts Your Indoor Air Quality

A whole-house dehumidifier can drastically improve the quality of the air in your home. High levels of humidity make people feel overheated since it’s more difficult for sweat to evaporate.

This isn’t the only health issue associated with humidity, either. Excessive moisture makes it easier for mold and mildew to develop throughout your property, which can cause symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers and even otherwise healthy individuals. Running a professionally installed and comprehensively maintained whole-house dehumidifier will help protect your health, not to mention your property and your air conditioner.

Contact Riteway Service Company today to discuss if a dehumidifier installation is right for you. We provide expert indoor air quality services and high quality products.

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