Dehumidifier saves money and improves comfort
The easiest solution is the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier.
I run the central air conditioner in my home just about year round. For at least eight straight months, the outside temperature remains in the high eighties. Even when it cools down a bit, I like to run the system’s fan to circulate and filter the indoor air. However, I’ve figured out that air conditioners are designed to pull heat out of the house. While the system helps with moisture levels, it can’t combat excessive humidity. When there’s a great deal of moisture in the air, it feels warmer. This encourages lower thermostat settings and puts greater responsibility on the air conditioner. The cooling unit then runs for longer cycles, consumes more energy and causes higher monthly energy bills. The system will most likely wear out more quickly and require more maintenance and repairs. There’s also the concern that high humidity causes damage to home furnishings. Wood tends to warp and books, photographs and even clothing can mildew. Because dust mites and mold thrive in damp, warm environments, there’s the increased risk of indoor air quality problems. I researched the negative impact of high humidity and the recommended strategies for improvement. The easiest solution is the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier. The dehumidifier is incorporated right into the air conditioner where it operates very quietly. It actively extracts moisture from the air to achieve and maintain ideal humidity levels. It requires only annual upkeep and has saved me a ton of money on my electric bills. I’ve been able to raise the thermostat setting by several degrees and yet my house feels cooler and more comfortable.