What Is Humidity?
Humidity is inevitable in the bayou, but that doesn’t mean homeowners must deal with it. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. It’s what makes the air feel heavy after a thunderstorm, and it can make temperatures feel hotter than they are. If a home becomes too humid, it will feel uncomfortable and cause mold growth, appliance breakdowns, and high energy bills.
Here, homeowners can learn about lowering indoor humidity by getting a whole-house dehumidifier. For help finding an energy-efficient dehumidifier, one can check out this resource from EnergyStar.
What Is a Dehumidifier? How Does It Work?
Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, lowering temperatures and combating mold growth. Here’s a basic overview of how these appliances work:
- The dehumidifier draws air
- It takes the air over coils filled with refrigerant, cooling it down
- The difference in temperature causes water droplets to form and collect in a tray
- The dehumidifier pushes the treated air back into the house
Many department stores sell dehumidifiers for around $120. Yet, these only devices only treat certain parts of the home. That’s why homeowners should consider getting whole-home dehumidifiers. These ensure comfort throughout all the rooms of the house, plus they offer additional features not included in portable models.
When Should a Homeowner Get a Dehumidifier?
One should consider getting a dehumidifier if:
- The home constantly feels “muggy.” The more moisture in the air, the muggier a home may feel.
- Mold and mildew begin to form. These substances grow in moist, dark places. Not only can they cause property damage, but they can also cause respiratory problems.
- The home feels warmer than it should, despite the AC being on. Humidity doesn’t increase a home’s temperature but makes it feel hotter. Per the National Weather Service, if a home’s AC is set at 80 degrees, but there’s 80 percent humidity, it will feel like it’s 86 degrees.
Condensation may also form on the windows when there’s high humidity.
The Benefits of Getting a Dehumidifier
There are many benefits to installing a dehumidifier. Within days, a homeowner will:
- Save money. Excessive humidity can lead to mold growth and other headaches that require a professional’s insight. Nobody wants to spend money on once-avoidable fixes.
- See lower energy bills. A home’s AC system might not work as hard if there’s less moisture in the air. Not only does this reduce wear and tear on the unit, but it can also save money on monthly utility bills.
- Feel comfortable. High humidity can make one feel like they’re sitting in a dryer. Yet, when a dehumidifier draws moisture from the air, one can finally turn off those box fans and enjoy their summer.
- Mold prevention. As noted, high humidity can cause mold growth. Removal can require extensive remediation, which comes with a hefty price tag.
- Breathe easier. Too much humidity can lead to respiratory problems in some people. With a dehumidifier, they could breathe easier.
About Atlas Home Service
And just who is Atlas Home Service? The phenomenal purple people, that’s who! These HVAC professionals proudly serve Alexandria, LA, and the surrounding areas. They offer flat rate pricing, trustworthy technicians, and honest advice. For more information or to schedule an appointment for dehumidifier service, call now.