When I moved down south, I was prepared for the challenges of the heat.
I knew an efficient and powerful air conditioner would be a requirement, and I expected to run the cooling system just about all year round.
I failed to appreciate, however, the challenges caused by high humidity. When there’s an excess of moisture in the air, lowering the thermostat doesn’t really help. The air conditioner simply works harder and uses up way more energy. I pay higher electric bills and the house is overly chilly but not comfortable. That sticky feeling doesn’t go away. When I got tired of condensation running down the window panes and mold growing on the sills, I finally called a local HVAC contractor to ask about dehumidifiers. I wanted something that wouldn’t need constant maintenance. I hoped to avoid emptying a reservoir every day. The HVAC contractor recommended a whole-home dehumidifier which installed right into the air handler of the air conditioner. The dehumidifier extracts moisture as the air passes through. It operates quietly and requires only annual upkeep. Since investing in the dehumidifier, I’ve been able to raise the temperature setting on the thermostat. My energy bills are significantly lower and yet my home is far more comfortable. I sleep better at night and experience fewer headaches. I have more energy during the day and don’t need to clean as often. Plus, the smaller workload for the air conditioner should help to avoid malfunctions and extend service life. The dehumidifier has made a huge difference in my budget, air quality, comfort and overall enjoyment of my home.