When I moved down south, I was completely unprepared for the excess humidity. I expected high temperatures, and knew I’d rely heavily on air conditioning. I assumed that lowering the thermostat setting would provide a comfortable living environment. Instead, I ended up overcooling the house, paying a fortune in electric bills, and still dealing with the negative effects of moisture. The air conditioner was running just about non stop, and yet there was condensation running down my windows. I continually battled the growth of mold and mildew on wood furnishings, window sills and in the bathroom. The bedsheets felt moist and clammy, and I worried about bacteria and dust mites. I finally consulted a local HVAC professional for help.
He explained that an air conditioner works by pulling heat out of the air and through the use of refrigerant, expels the heat outside. The equipment is not designed to regulate humidity. By adjusting the thermostat, I was lowering the temperature in the house but failing to get rid of the excess moisture. The HVAC professional suggested that I invest in a whole-home dehumidifier. The dehumidifier installed into the air handler of the cooling system, where it draws moisture out of the air as it passes through. I’m able to regulate relative humidity levels to my preference. Since adding the dehumidifier, I’ve been able to raise the thermostat, trim my monthly energy bills and greatly improve the comfort of the home. Plus, the house smells better, feels fresher and stays cleaner. Controlling humidity has definitely improved indoor air quality.