Why Does not My AC Unit Come With a Dehumidifier
In the winter, having humidity in your home is a good thing. It helps hold heat and keeps your skin from drying out as well as keeping you healthy. Once summer comes along though, you will want to remove as much humidity as you can from your home. Humid air in the summer works against your air conditioner and keeps your house hot while the unit is trying to cool it off. So why do air conditioners not come with a dehumidifier along with the cooling apparatus?
Air Conditioners Natural Dehumidifying
Air conditions do, automatically, remove humidity from the air. This is because when the air is cooled, moisture is collected as it condenses on the coils. From there, the moisture is drained away. For many climates, this is enough dehumidifying for their home to remain at a comfortable level of humidity. In areas that have relativity high humidity levels, though, an air conditioner may not be enough on its own to keep a home comfortable.
Crank the AC
One way to combat this is to run your air conditioner continuously rather than turn it off when you leave during the day or at night when you are asleep. While this will help keep your home from getting too humid, your heating and cooling costs will be significantly higher than what they otherwise would have been. While it does work, this is not the best option for most homes.
If you have a smaller space to dehumidify, such as an apartment or condo, then a standalone dehumidifier is a great option to help get your home comfortable again. They are not very costly and can be picked up at many pharmacies and department stores, as well as found online. You can set them up wherever your humidity levels are too high, and they will work well to dehumidify a single room. This is their downside, as you will have to move them from room to room yourself and make sure that you are emptying the reservoir as it fills.
This type of dehumidifier ties into your existing HVAC system. Instead of only dehumidifying a single room in your home at once, a whole-home dehumidifier will pull moisture from every room in your home at once. They work by pulling in the air from the ventilation system and dehumidifying that. They are great because you can have them running when you are not running the air conditioning unit, which will make it easier for your air conditioner to cool down your home when you turn it back on.
Who Needs a Dehumidifier
If your home has a 50%-60% humidity level, then a dehumidifier might be a necessity for you. Before you go out and get a standalone or whole-home dehumidifier though, call the team at Hilltop Plumbing. One of the main causes of too much humidity in the home is having an air conditioning unit that is too large for your home. You may simply need a new unit instead of the addition of a whole-home dehumidifier which can be costly to install.