Muggy summers are typical of Harvey, LA, and anybody who has lived here long enough knows how uncomfortable it can become when humidity exceeds 60%. One solution is to buy a dehumidifier, which is a device that eliminates moisture from indoor air. Let’s take a closer look at how whole-home dehumidifier can improve your comfort.

How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Dehumidifiers work a bit like air conditioners; they suck in air from one end of your living space, remove the moisture from it and then blow it back into the living space again. The process begins when a fan pulls in humid air and then passes it through compressor coils, and the evaporation draws heat from the air along with the moisture.

The moisture drips into a specialized basin. A re-heater restores the air to its initial condition (this way, a dehumidifier will not make the air from your air conditioner too cold). The specialized basin in most dehumidifiers eliminates the excess water via a drain. This whole process works in conjunction with your existing HVAC system when you have a whole-house dehumidifier installed.

When Should You Use a Dehumidifier?

There are several reasons you may need a dehumidifier. These include:

  • Your windows often condense.
  • Your home has an irritating musty smell.
  • You notice mildew and mold forming on your ceilings and walls.

You can utilize a dehumidifier both in summer and winter if the humidity range is high. In summer, you might want to use one if your indoor air is humid and muggy and if opening a window just seems to allow more warm air into your house.

Benefits of Dehumidifiers

Aside from making your family feel more comfortable, a dehumidifier will allow you to save more on energy bills since it helps your AC to run more efficiently. Drier air holds less heat, making it easier and cheaper for your AC to cool the air in your Harvey home. This also causes your AC to last longer, which means you won’t have to repair or replace it as often.

If you decide that a dehumidifier can be a vital addition to your home, we can install a whole-home dehumidification system as part of your HVAC system.

Our team has experience in controlling indoor humidity levels and can help you purchase the best dehumidifier for your Harvey, LA, home. If you are experiencing high humidity levels, contact the indoor air quality experts at Caribbean Heating and Cooling.

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