Which Summer HVAC Accessories Should You Have This Season?

Let’s say you’ve got an air conditioner that’s not too old (less than 10 years), of moderate efficiency, and it seems to be running right. It keeps you cool enough, but this being Florida and summers here being hot and humid, you want to make it cooler in your home without sending your energy bill through the roof. Here are some summer HVAC accessories that can really help improve your air conditioning efforts while lowering your utility bill.

Dehumidifier

We live in a warm, muggy climate, and humidity plays a huge part in how comfortable we feel. An ordinary one-stage air conditioner — especially an older model — may struggle with removing enough humidity from the air so that you feel comfortable. Remember, the warmer the air, the more humidity it holds, and the more humid the air, the warmer you feel. When it’s too humid, moisture just can’t evaporate on your skin and cool you off.

A dehumidifier can help your AC do the job. Some portable dehumidifiers do OK removing moisture, but they have to be moved from room to room. A whole-home dehumidifier will perform much better, removing significant levels of moisture from the air and sending it outside the home.

Variable Speed Compressor

This isn’t really something you buy as an add-on, but if you’re thinking about replacing your HVAC system, look for one with a variable speed compressor. These help you save money on energy while providing a constant, smooth flow of cooled air — and they dehumidify better than single-stage compressors — because they’re always on, with no need to turn them on and off and waste energy.

Smart Thermostat

Many homeowners rely on smart technology, particularly when it’s synchronized with a modern HVAC system, to adjust for temperature and humidity control as needed. In lieu of smart technology, a programmable thermostat can be set to save on energy by lowering use when you’re sleeping or away from home.

For more on summer HVAC accessories, contact NisAir Air Conditioning. We serve Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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