Summer can be viciously hot and humid, making dehumidification instrumental in improving your home’s atmosphere. But is it necessary to invest in a dehumidifier before the arrival of the real summer weather?
Longer A/C System Life
Humidity levels in New Jersey tend to reach their highest levels during the spring and summer seasons. Your air conditioning system will remove some moisture from your home’s air. Nevertheless, its primary function is to cool your home, so excess humidity in the spring can overwhelm it. The added strain can increase the chances of a breakdown, which you wouldn’t want to experience later on in the height of summer. Excess humidity can also cause the growth of algae in the system’s condensate drain, forcing you to incur repair costs.
A dehumidifier is far more effective at removing moisture from the air throughout your home. Running it in tandem with your air conditioner helps lower the need for A/C repairs and extend your system’s lifespan.
Spring is a key time of the year for allergies. One effective way to combat the allergy season is by installing a whole-house dehumidifier. Studies have shown allergen levels to be significantly lower in houses with low indoor relative humidity levels than in humid homes.
Mold, for instance, is a major allergen in the spring months due to lots of moisture. It usually builds up in basements and bathrooms and is a big contributor to childhood asthma. It requires humidity levels of over 55 percent to grow. Keeping humidity below 50 percent inhibits its growth.
Humidity levels above 50 percent make the air in your home feel hotter. Dehumidified air feels cooler, decreasing the need to have your A/C unit running. This can reduce your cooling costs significantly.
By using a dehumidifier in the spring, you’ll feel more comfortable, save money, and make your home cleaner and healthier. For more expert advice on buying a dehumidifier, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve proudly served residents in Central New Jersey with a variety of heating, cooling, and indoor air quality solutions.