Beat the Heat With a Dehumidifier

Record summertime temperatures have many homeowners reaching for the thermostat. Lowering the temperature a few degrees can help keep you cooler, but with the cost of running your central air conditioning system around the clock, having a dehumidification system installed in your home may be a better solution.

As anyone who lives in the steamy south knows, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”  Actually, this saying is only partially true.  The fact is that it’s the heat and the humidity that makes us miserable in the summer months.  Maintaining a comfortable indoor environment in a hot, humid climate requires reducing both the heat and the humidity.

A central air conditioner or heat pump cools and dehumidifies the air inside your home, but they are not designed or sized to handle the very high levels of humidity commonly found throughout the southeastern U.S. In addition, there is no way to control the humidity level and temperature separately.  To make matters worse, they are often oversized which means they don’t run as much as they should to minimize humidity levels.

A great solution for homeowners in humid climates is installing a dehumidification system that works in conjunction with your existing central air conditioning system. Your HVAC professional can install a dedicated dehumidifier that uses your existing ducts and has a separate controller called a humidistat.  Similar to a thermostat, the humidistat can be set to the desired level and it will automatically maintain that level of humidity whether your central air conditioning system is running or not.

Installing a dehumidifier allows you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher which saves you money on your energy bill while keeping your home cool and comfortable.

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