What’s worse, heat or humidity? That’s a tough question since we’re constantly associating the sweat and discomfort of summer with the heat from the sun. However, we’d argue humidity is the real villain of the summertime weather. The muggy weather of summertime is responsible for us feeling sticky, sweaty, uncomfortable, and hotter than average. So, it’s important to combat this humidity with an effective dehumidifier.
Many homeowners think they need to choose between a dehumidifier and an air conditioner. Some homeowners even think that they do the same job, and that purchasing a dehumidifier is redundant. That couldn’t be further from the truth!
Dehumidifiers are tools that contribute to comfortable homes. They can work together with your air conditioner to provide dry, cool homes when we want them. Take it from us, the experts on all things indoor air quality systems. Keep reading as we discuss the details of dehumidification.
The Problem with Humidity
Humidity is a problem that makes temperatures feel worse than they are. For instance, when the sun is beating down on you at 90°, it can feel pretty hot. However, when that heat is paired up with some serious humidity, it can feel like it’s 100° out, or worse!
Our bodies naturally produce sweat to get rid of the heat in our bodies. Sweat is excreted through our pores and then evaporates after it sits on our skin. That evaporation actually cools us down and causes our internal body temperature to cool down. Isn’t that neat?
When humidity levels are high, our sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily which causes our internal temperature to rise. This feels a lot worse and can contribute to it feeling hotter than it actually is!
Isn’t My AC a Dehumidifier?
Technically, yes. An air conditioner also naturally dehumidifies the air in your home. That being said, it’s not the primary objective of the system and actually causes it to stress out and consume more energy. The more humid your air is, the harder your air conditioner has to work to cool your home down. That’s why we tell homeowners to utilize a dehumidifier in tandem with their air conditioner to lower their energy bills and the stress that gets placed on the air conditioner.
Just because your air conditioner can work harder to eliminate excess moisture in your home, doesn’t mean it should. Just like boiling a pot of water in the winter will dehumidify your kitchen, but it’s not an energy-efficient way of doing so at all!
The next problem homeowners run into is that they need their dehumidifier installed responsibly by a professional technician. Homeowners who think they’ll get the most out of their dehumidifier by setting it up themselves are mistaken. These systems need to be matched perfectly with the humidity levels you want in your home and the power of your air conditioner.
Is it time for you to utilize the technology of a dehumidifier? It could be! Call us for professional advice and service when it comes to the installation of a pristine new dehumidification system.
Call the pros at JMS Air Conditioning and Heating to get started!