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Your Air Conditioner Is Not a Dehumidifier

Forgive us if the title of this blog post seems a bit obvious, but the fact of the matter is that many homeowners expect their whole-house air conditioning systems alone to be sufficient for handling the effective dehumidification of their homes. In truth, dehumidification is only a byproduct of the cooling process, and the dehumidification of the air filling your home is not an intended function that your air conditioner is expected to serve. If you find that your home is frequently too humid for comfort, though, fear not: whole-house dehumidifiers in Newport News, VA are available. Contact a member of the House Call Company team to learn more about how a whole-house dehumidifier can benefit you.

What Is a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

As your air conditioner runs in order to cool the air filling your home, moisture is pulled from the air and condensation is created. This condensation is drained from the system, which is how the air conditioner dehumidifies air. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, is used only to facilitate the dehumidification process. Because this is the device’s sole purpose, it is able to dehumidify the air far more effectively than your air conditioner will. It can also run autonomously, so that you can remove excess humidity from the air even on those days during which you do not need your AC. The dehumidifier is installed right into any existing system, and will monitor the relative humidity level in the air, coming on automatically when that level becomes too high.

When to Consider Using a Whole-House Dehumidifier

For some homeowners, the dehumidification offered by a whole-house AC is actually sufficient for their needs. If high humidity is a persistent problem in your home, though, your air conditioner may struggle to cool the air effectively, putting unnecessary strain on the system while also compromising your comfort. Should you frequently encounter condensation on surfaces or exposed piping and windows in your home, if you feel like your home is very muggy or smells of mildew, or if you discover signs of mold growth therein, a whole-house dehumidifier is likely needed. Contact us the moment that you discover any cause for concern.

 

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