An Air Conditioner and a Dehumidifier: Telltale Signs That Your Martin County Home Needs Both

An Air Conditioner and a Dehumidifier: Telltale Signs That Your Martin County Home Needs BothAs a homeowner, you’re likely concerned about the negative effects of moisture on your home – caused by resulting mold or mildew – and the damage can be significant. Your health may also be threatened by high indoor humidity. This is why many homeowners concerned about comfort, health and structural integrity in their homes are considering combining an air conditioner and dehumidifier.

Won’t my air conditioner dehumidify the room?

One of the advantages of an air conditioner is its ability to remove a certain amount of moisture from the air. Unfortunately, some areas have such high humidity saturation that both an air conditioner and dehumidifier are needed to fully remove the excess moisture from the space. Meanwhile, some older or poorly maintained A/Cs don’t do a very good job of removing moisture from the air.

In some homes, the moisture in the air will condense on windows and walls, and build up in the attic and basement. If this is happening in your home, or the indoor humidity just makes the air feel clammy and uncomfortable, you should consider adding a whole-house dehumidifier. These systems are connected to your central forced-air system, and remove moisture from the air as it blows through the system. They’re also attached to your home’s drainage system, so any removed moisture will drain safely away. Most whole-house dehumidifiers have the ability to operate without the A/C running, so you can accomplish moisture removal during times when you don’t need air conditioning.

A bonus of using an air conditioner and dehumidifier together

It’s a fact that dry air feels cooler than moist air, so when you’re dehumidifying your home’s air, you’ll feel cooler. This will allow you to turn up the A/C thermostat a few degrees without losing any comfort. You’ll save energy at the same time that you’re saving money on your monthly electric bills.

For more cooling tips and home comfort advice, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been serving Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties since 1973.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and dehumidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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