Humidity refers to presence of moisture in the air. Warm air has more moisture than cool air, and the moisture content is higher in areas near seas and oceans. The air in Spring Hill, Florida, and elsewhere in the state can get humid during the summer. High humidity makes you feel uncomfortable, poses health risks, and can result in structural damage to your home. Learn why you may need a dehumidifier.
Optimum Humidity Levels
When the air has the maximum amount of moisture it can hold, it has a relative humidity of 100 percent. In order to feel comfortable during the summer, relative humidity should be between 40 to 50 percent.
Problems With High Humidity
High humidity gives you a sticky, uncomfortable feeling. It also poses health risks to your family, enabling bacteria to thrive in the moist conditions and harmful pollutants to become suspended in the moisture-laden air. High humidity is not good for your home either since high humidity levels can promote mold growth, cause condensation, bring in pests, and result in structural damage over time.
Why Do I Need a Dehumidifier When I Already Have an Air Conditioning Unit?
An air conditioning unit pulls the air from rooms of your home, cools it by running the air over coolant-filled chiller pipes, and circulates it back into your home. The air loses some moisture, too, during this cooling process. While your unit offers some dehumidification, dehumidifying the air is not its primary job.
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. It collects air, cools and condenses the air to remove its moisture, and heats the air again before sending it back into the room.
Dehumidified air makes you feel more comfortable than humid air at the same temperature. When you use a dehumidifier, you’ll be able to ease the strain on your air conditioner, helping it last longer and saving you money on energy bills.
You can either install a dehumidifier as a stand-alone unit or integrate it with your home’s air conditioning system. Our experts at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you make the right choice. Call us today at 866-881-5935.
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