Summer is associated with high humidity here in northern New Jersey. High humidity levels in your home make it feel hotter than it is. Lowering the humidity makes your home more comfortable for you and your family throughout the warmer months, while also saving energy.
Both air conditioning units and dehumidifiers work to reduce the amount of moisture in your home. Yet, an A/C may not remove all the moisture necessary to protect the health and well-being of you and your family, either because of excessively muggy conditions or because the A/C is oversized or nearing the end of its service life. If you’ve had your A/C for a while, you likely have a pretty good idea of how well it controls indoor humidity.
To understand why combining an A/C unit and a dehumidifier may be a better moisture-removal solution than using the air conditioning unit alone, it’s important to know how each lowers humidity in its way.
A/C units use refrigerant-filled evaporator coils to remove heat from your home, and during this process, they also collect and create moisture as condensation on the coils. The moisture drips down into a pan before draining out of your home. The size of your air conditioner makes a difference in how well it removes the humidity in your home. An oversized A/C will cycle on and off too frequently to do a good job of removing moisture from the air.
There are two main types of dehumidifiers sold on the market. Portable dehumidifiers remove the moisture in one room or small area of your home, such as your basement. Most whole-house dehumidifiers attach to your air conditioner and remove moisture as the air circulates through the system, safely draining the water away through your plumbing or house drain. As one might expect, the main job of a dehumidifier is to lower the humidity in your home. While they create a small amount of heat, it’s more than compensated by the cooling effect of drier air.
For more information about dehumidifiers and A/Cs, please contact us at Pipe Works Services We have been serving northern New Jersey for more than 10 years.