Texas residents are no strangers to heat. About 2/3rds of the year is spent with our air conditioners on, and with that heat often comes humidity as well. This excess moisture in the air makes it harder for the human body to release heat through sweat, making humid days feel hotter than the actual temperature outside. As a result, you’ll probably try setting your thermostat lower and lower (or you’ll just accept that this is as good as it is going to get and accept this level of comfort)—but is that really helping?
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To say that summer is almost here is kind of silly in our area. With our temperatures always pretty high, we get regular use out of our cooling systems. But there is one summer threat we have that can make the higher temps even more unbearable—and that’s humidity.
Humidity levels tend to rise as temperatures do, adding extra moisture—water vapor—to the air and making it much harder for us to get comfortable as we can’t just sweat the heat out. And even though humidity doesn’t actually increase the temperature, it does make us feel warmer—when this is going on in your house, you need a sufficient solution. That solution is a San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation.
Whole-home dehumidifiers come with a host of benefits. They dry out the air in your home which significantly reduces your mold risk, as well as health issues and property damage that could result from too much moisture. Still, though, many homeowners are reluctant to have a system like this installed or don’t want to run one more appliance as they fear the cost.
The first thing to keep in mind in this regard is that a dehumidifier can actually help you lower your air conditioning costs. This is because when you run your dehumidifier, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the home. Therefore you can set the temperature up a few degrees so your AC won’t have to run so long during the day. There are additional steps you can take, as well, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your dehumidifier and not wasting money.
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.