Despite their many benefits, dehumidifiers do not cool down a room.
Living in Florida, we’re no strangers to humidity. It’s just a part of life that comes with living where everyone else vacations. However, that doesn’t mean we’ve made peace with it. If anything, Floridians are constantly looking for ways to diminish exposure to humid environments.
This is one of the reasons why humidifiers can pique someone’s interest. But what, exactly, do they do? How do they work? And do they lower a room’s temperature?
What Does a Dehumidifier Do?
As the name implies, dehumidifiers lower the humidity levels inside your home. But the benefits don’t end there. In addition to making a household feel more comfortable, there’s a long list of reasons why it makes sense to install a dehumidifier.
By having a dehumidifier, you:
- Eliminate dampness inside your home
- Protect furniture and hardwood floors
- Reduce asthma triggers, such as dust mites
- Reduce the likelihood of joint pain for arthritis sufferers
- Improve the quality of your sleep.
Dehumidifier vs AC
Dehumidifiers can work in conjunction with your air conditioner. This is because air conditioners work by absorbing the heat and humidity from your home, cooling it, and circulating it back out.
When a dehumidifier lowers the humidity level in your home, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Air conditioning cycles will be shorter, and as the AC consumes less energy, you’ll save money on your power bills.
In order to maximize this symbiotic relationship, make sure to set the humidity level inside your home at 40% during hotter months and at 60% during the “cold fronts” we experience in the Sunshine State.
How Do I Know If I Need a Dehumidifier?
Since Florida is so humid, the short answer is that yes, you’d likely benefit from installing one in your home.
However, if you’d like additional signs, look around your home for the following:
- Condensation on window panes
- Doors that “stick” when closed
- Wet stains in ceilings
- Musty smell
- Rusty pipes
- Bubbling paint
Reliable HVAC Services in Pinellas County or South Tampa
At Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we provide installation, maintenance, and repair services for all of your HVAC needs. We also have a 24/7 emergency line for Pinellas County and South Tampa. If you’d like an evaluation of how a dehumidifier would work best for your home, give us a call!
Call (727) 800-4148 to schedule service.