With our cooling season winding down, now is the time to take care of any late season air conditioning repairs and turn your attention to heating system maintenance—our chilly nights certainly warrant the use of an efficient and effective heater! But another item to keep at top of mind in between seasons is the quality of your indoor air, which can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors.
Humidity is a big problem in our area. For optimal comfort, the relative humidity levels in your home should rest between 30%–50%. When levels reach any higher than this, it can cause a number of problems—problems that can be relieved with a professional San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation. But what makes this such a great investment?
The Problem with High Humidity
In order to stay cool when we’re in hot temperatures—as we are the majority of the year—we sweat. Sweat evaporates off of our skin and lowers our body temperature in the meantime. So if the relative humidity level in your home is greater than 50%, the amount of ambient moisture present in the air prevents this from occurring and therefore prevents you from cooling off.
Sweat stays on your skin, leading you to feel sticky, clammy, and just plain uncomfortable. Furthermore, it makes the air feel hotter than it actually is. It’s more than just uncomfortable, however, High humidity puts a great deal of extra stress on your HVAC system—particularly the air conditioner—as it has to work harder and expend more energy to compensate. High levels of moisture also encourage the growth of mold and bacteria in the home, and can often lead to a stale, stagnant feeling in the air.
The Dehumidifier Solution
It’s true that your air conditioner does have some dehumidifying properties. In fact, a whole-house dehumidifier operates somewhat like an AC system. Lowering the temperature of the air is the best way to remove moisture from it. However, an air conditioner is not designed to do this job, nor is it practical or convenient to use your AC in this manner when humidity is high but temperatures are mild.
Whole-house dehumidifiers don’t need to worry about venting hot air like air conditioners do, and they have a much larger condensate collection and drainage system. Plus, a dehumidifier can be adjusted so that you as the homeowner can set the humidity level to your tastes—which is something a standard air conditioner cannot achieve.
More on the Benefits of Dehumidifiers
The advantages of having a whole-house dehumidifier installed include:
- Ease of stress on your air conditioning system—and thus lower monthly cooling bills. Additionally, your cooling system’s individual components will be subjected to less wear and tear, helping the AC to last longer.
- Reduction of mold and bacteria growth, keeping your home healthier. You’ll often find that incidents of illness decline and the air feels fresher when the humidity levels are where they should be.
- Ease of use, when installed by professionals. Whole house dehumidifiers work in conjunction with your HVAC systems, meaning you don’t need to do anything extra to enjoy the benefits of one.
Contact Riteway Service Company today to schedule your dehumidifier installation and to ask about our other indoor air quality products.