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Mar 13 2014

Cool Outside But Damp Inside: How a Dehumidifier on Your Home HVAC System Can Make You More Comfortable

Add a dehumidifier to your home HVAC system for improved comfort.

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Because much of the country is still buried in record snowfalls, it can be hard to believe that spring is right around the corner. However, the official first day of spring is only a few days away, which will bring with it melting snow, increased rainfall, warming temperatures, and higher humidity levels.

It can be a real challenge to control the humidity in your home when it's incredibly moist outside, but this is why there are some major benefits to having a dehumidifier installed on your home HVAC system.

You Won't Have to Run Air Conditioning to Remove Humidity

During the damp spring and fall seasons, your air conditioning isn't running and your house is probably uncomfortable because of the high relative humidity. Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, but it does remove a bit of humidity through the cooling process. Unlike your AC unit, a dehumidifier will not change the temperature in your home while it works to maintain proper indoor humidity levels.

Your Home Will Smell Better

Moisture levels above 55% relative humidity can stimulate the growth of mold and mildew. This can lead to the development of unpleasant odors that are trapped in your home, and can be especially irritating to people who suffer from allergies or asthma. A dehumidifier will keep your indoor humidity below 55%, staving off the mold and mildew growth and preventing these problems.

You Won't Get Sick

Moist indoor air encourages the growth of viruses and bacteria that cause common illnesses like strep throat, colds, flu, and respiratory infections. Installing a dehumidifier on your home HVAC system will help decrease the spread of these illnesses, slashing your family's number of lost work days and missed days of school.

Humidity Will Remain at Optimal Levels

Dry air doesn't hold heat as well as humidified air, so it's important to not completely dry up your home's air supply. Keeping humidity levels properly controlled between 30 and 50% with a dehumidifier is essential for maintaining optimal comfort and saving money on your utility bills.

Let one of Comfort Services' expert technicians evaluate your home HVAC system and help you choose the best dehumidifier for your family or business's needs. We can install your new dehumidifier and your family will experience increased comfort and reduced energy bills right away. Call Comfort Services for 24/7 service at 803.772.4490.

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