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Dehumidifiers: The Sidekick that Your AC System Needs

woman-cooling-off-in-front-of-fanHow many times have you been absolutely melting on a hot summer day here and realize that the actual temperature outside isn’t as hot as you thought it was? It all goes back to that familiar phrase: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” We know that you’re probably tired of hearing this, but we can’t overstate the importance of this phrase.

Humidity is one of those things that works against you in the heat of summer. If you’re having trouble cooling down in your home so far this summer it’s time for you to schedule HVAC services in Eagan, MN. We can help you get the more for less.

Humidity: Your Air Conditioner’s Worst Enemy

So let’s take a moment to understand how humidity affects your home in summer. High humidity in a home makes your home less comfortable in warm weather because your body naturally feels warmer when the air is moist. This happens because high amounts of moisture in the air make it harder for your sweat to evaporate from your body. As you know, sweating is your body’s way of cooling off.

How a Dehumidifier Can Help

Have you ever heard people say that it’s common for humans to mistake thirst for hunger? This happens because hunger and dehydration trigger the same types of signals in your brain. Overall, you’ll just feel that gnawing feeling of a need for sustenance without being able to definitively pinpoint the source.

This is a great analogy to compare to humidity because the same rhetoric applies. You might think that the temperature of your home is too high when, in actuality, the actual problem is the humidity level of your home.

We touched on this above, but sometimes the actual temperature in degrees isn’t even that high but you feel like you could just keel over from the heat. The problem is the humidity level in your home. A dehumidifier swoops in to save the day by lowering the relative humidity level of your home. When you lower the relative humidity level it reduces your dependence on air conditioning. Lowering your dependence on air conditioning is great for two reasons:

  1. It Increases Your Comfort: A dehumidifier eliminates your struggle for comfort. You won’t spend as much time running your air conditioner and still remaining uncomfortable. You’ll be able to eliminate your comfort problems at the source.
  2. It Lowers Your AC Bills: Running your air conditioner costs a lot of money any way you slice it. Dehumidifiers lower your dependence on your air conditioner. When the relative humidity level is in the right place you’ll feel cooler and turn on your air conditioner less often or at more reasonable temperatures.

A dehumidifier can be the solution to all your problems. These types of systems aren’t all too common in homes across Eagan. If you’re unfamiliar with these indoor air quality systems, you can contact our professionals for more information.

Contact Residential Heating and Air Conditioning when you’re ready to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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