During the times of the year with lower humidity, you may have noticed that your air conditioner did a fine job of dehumidifying your air. That leads many homeowners to believe that they don’t need anything more than their air conditioner to help them combat the intense, Florida humidity.
That very well could be true. Your own personal comfort is going to be the deciding factor. At the same time, understanding humidity and how it affects your comfort and home might help you realize that a dehumidifier is a great add-on for your current HVAC system.
How Do High Humidity Levels Affect Our Comfort?
The normal range for humidity goes from 30% to 50%. This percentage is an indicator of how much moisture is in the air. Anything below 30% is too dry (which comes with its own problems), and 50% and above is what most people have the worst time dealing with. That’s because high humidity interferes with your body’s ability to perspire.
The reason we sweat is to keep our body temperatures cool. As the sweat evaporates from your body, it leaves you feeling some relief. However, with high humidity, the sweat can’t evaporate like it should, which leaves us feeling uncomfortable.
A whole-house dehumidifier helps balance humidity levels throughout your entire home.
Lowering Humidity Can Save You Money
Allowing your air conditioner to combat humidity is a losing battle. While your AC may certainly be enough to make you feel comfortable, keep in mind that the AC is actively fighting against humidity to keep you cool. By lowering humidity with a dehumidifier, you’ll be taking a significant load off of your AC, keeping your monthly energy costs low.
High Humidity Can Even Damage Your Home
Even if your air conditioner manages to help make comfort more bearable, there’s no guarantee that it will stop humidity from damaging you’re your home. Continuous exposure to moisture can cause damage to a range of objects in your home, such as:
- Wooden floors and furniture can be warped or rotted by humidity.
- Drywall can absorb some moisture without a problem, but excess moisture can lead to damage and mold growth.
- Clothes and food can also be affected. If too moist, clothing and leather can grow mold. Foods meant to stay dry can absorb too much moisture and go stale.
Lowering Humidity Can Reduce Allergies and Asthma
Humidity does more than just make the air feel muggy. It also fosters the perfect breeding ground for mold, viruses, and bacteria. If left unchecked, it can create health problems for you and your family.
Have you ever had mold collect in your shower curtain? An environment that stays warm and damp will create mold. With enough humidity, parts of your home can imitate this process. Mold can be visible, appearing in the corners of your walls, or it can be invisible, sitting behind drywall, underneath carpets, and more.
Whether or not you can see the mold, you should at least be able to smell it. Call a professional of HVAC services in Panama City Beach if you suspect that mold is becoming a problem in your home.
To learn more about dehumidifiers, contact Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc.