Ah, humidity. The bane of coastal dwellers everywhere. High humidity can be a nightmare for a number of reasons, especially during the summer. It promotes mold growth, makes it harder for your body to cool itself, and causes everything to feel unbearably sticky. If you’re trying to beat the humidity, you’re going to need something a bit stronger than an air conditioner to do it. Read on to find out why you need to install a dedicated dehumidifier in your home.
Air Conditioning and Humidity
Some homeowners deal with humidity issues by assuming that their air conditioners will solve the problem. While it’s true that air conditioners have a slight dehumidifying effect on the air in a home, they cannot have the kind of effect necessary to properly dehumidify it. During operation, the air conditioner lowers the temperature of the air in the ducts below the dew point. This causes condensation to form on the evaporator coil, which dehumidifies the air slightly. The problem is that the air conditioner isn’t designed to substantially remove excess humidity from the air; it simply does that as a side effect. As such, the system will never be able to remove the amount of humidity necessary to make a discernible difference. That’s why you need a dedicated dehumidifier.
There are a couple of different kinds of dehumidifier types available on the market. One type cools the air past the dew point, then warms it up again to wring more moisture out of it. Other dehumidifiers use desiccants to absorb moisture from the air that passes over them. Either of these varieties would be much better for dehumidifying your air than simply running the air conditioner.
Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers a full range of dehumidifier installation services throughout Port Charlotte, FL.