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Can You Get By without a Dehumidifier?

As we transition from summer to fall, our temperatures don’t really change much, like they do in many other parts of the country. What does fluctuate though is the humidity, and it usually stays towards the higher levels. However, it’s typically pretty rare that the average homeowner takes the appropriate steps to combat excess humidity in their homes, assuming that their AC system takes care of this problem sufficiently.

This is a common myth about air conditioning systems—that they can adequately eliminate the humidity in your home. It does naturally remove some humidity. However, when you live in a climate like ours—where humidity levels regularly go above the “comfortable” level of 50%–you need much more than just an efficient air conditioner. You need a whole-house dehumidifier.

Should You Really Be Concerned about High Humidity?

What’s the big deal with excess moisture anyway? There are two big considerations to make. The higher the relative humidity level is in your home, the higher the evaporation point is for liquids, including your sweat. But what does this mean? Your body won’t be able to adequately cool itself off, leading to a lot of discomfort for you. That’s not the only reason high humidity should concern you, however.

Excess humidity in the air encourages the growth of mold and mildew. While this is inconsequential outdoors, when it develops in the darker, cooler parts of your home like inside walls and under sinks, it creates a health hazard. In fact, mold spores can impact allergies, asthma, and cause a number of other issues for even the healthiest person. This is probably the biggest reason that you should aim to control your indoor humidity levels.

The Limits of Your Air Conditioner

As we discussed above, your AC system has the ability to remove some moisture from the air, however this is not a purposeful function, nor is it sufficient. Your cooling system is able to cool the air past the dew point, which yes, naturally removes moisture.

However, air conditioning systems aren’t developed to operate as a dehumidifier, which means they are an inadequate substitute for this efficient system. To truly address the effects of excess moisture in your home, you’ll want to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed.

For quality dehumidifier installation in San Antonio, TX, contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today.

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