Summers in Georgia can be oppressively hot and humid. Running fans and air conditioners can help, but that sticky, muggy feeling can be tough to beat. For better control over high humidity, consider a whole-house dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, and whole-house systems offer a number of benefits over portable models.
High humidity can cause a number of problems in addition to the obvious discomfort. Too much moisture in your home can lead to mold growth, condensation, warped wood and other water damage. It can also aggravate allergy symptoms.
Air conditioners remove some moisture from the air as a result of their cooling process, but they rarely do enough, especially in a warm southern climate. A whole-house dehumidifier works in tandem with your air conditioner to keep the humidity in your house at the optimum level: somewhere between 30 and 50 percent.
On some days, you may not need your air conditioner at all. Removing moisture from the air makes your home feel cooler than it actually is, allowing you to set your thermostat a little higher and run your A/C less without sacrificing comfort.
Many homeowners opt for portable and tabletop-style dehumidifiers which, while relatively inexpensive, have a few disadvantages compared to whole-house systems. Portable dehumidifiers tend to require more maintenance than whole-house systems, and they can shut down altogether if you forget to empty the water.
The other major disadvantage of a portable dehumidifier is its limited range. It would take several of them to effectively control humidity throughout your home. A single whole-house dehumidifier, as its name suggests, works with your central HVAC to dehumidify your entire house.
Whole-house dehumidifiers are low-maintenance, and unlike portable models, they operate out of sight, so you won’t have to see and hear it every day as you walk through your home. Most newer whole-house dehumidifiers are also environmentally friendly, and don’t produce ozone emissions.
To learn more about how you might stand to benefit from a whole-house dehumidifier, contact Powers Heating & Air. We provide expert service and installation throughout the Peachtree City area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole-house dehumidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.