Summers come hot here in Pennsylvania, and while the worst of it is still several weeks off, now is the time to start preparing for it. You’ve probably rightfully focused your attention on your air conditioner to keep your house cool and comfortable, and there’s nothing more important to your home in the summer time. But high temperatures aren’t the only problem we face during the warmer months. Humidity levels can also become quite high, and without addressing them adequately, they could seriously complicate your efforts to keep your home happy and healthy this summer.
Luckily, you have options. A whole-house dehumidifier installed by a trained professional provides the kind of humidity control you need when the weather gets hot and muggy. How does it work and what kind of benefits does it convey? We’ve provided a brief outline below.
High Humidity Is No Fun
High humidity usually means a relative humidity level of more than 50% or so. At that level, there’s too much ambient moisture in the air to allow our bodies’ natural cooling mechanism to work. We sweat, and as the sweat evaporates in the breeze, our body temperature drops. But that can’t happen if there’s too much moisture in the air for the sweat to evaporate. You’re left feeling clammy and gross, and more importantly, your body feels warmer than it should.
Your air conditioner can address that problem indirectly. The best way to remove moisture in the air is to lower the temperature (which is why you get dew on the ground in the early morning hours), and the air conditioner does that by default. But it takes more effort to do so, as well as cooling the air when your body feels hotter than it should be. Air conditioners can’t always handle the excess moisture of high humidity – condensate can overflow the collection pan and cause other problems as well – and in any case, the added strain means higher bills and an increased chance of a breakdown.
Dehumidifiers to the Rescue
A dehumidifier puts an emphasis on moisture control instead of temperature control. There’s no need to vent hot air for that reason, and dehumidifiers usually allow for a tailored approach to the problem: allowing you to set the relative humidity level you like instead of relying on the air conditioner’s crude efforts.
As a result, you not only get the right humidity levels for your comfort levels, but you can ease a great deal of strain off of your air conditioner. Bills will go down accordingly, and the reduced levels of wear and tear can help prevent the kinds of unexpected shutdowns that can really make your summer miserable.
If you’re considering installing a dehumidifier in your Broomall, PA home, or your already own a dehumidifier and it needs repairs or timely maintenance, then the friendly pros at Murphy’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to go. Call us today and let us show you what we can do!