Florida residents are usually happy to learn about ways to keep their homes cool. Because regardless of the “I live where you vacation” hashtags, the reality is that the Sunshine State can get pretty scorching hot, which is not most people’s idea of a good time.
So, in addition to installing an efficient air conditioning system, is there anything else homeowners can do to cool a room? Would a dehumidifier help?
What Are the Benefits of Installing a Dehumidifier?
As the name clearly states, a dehumidifier reduces the humidity levels inside a home. Since humidity can be so oppressive, that’s good news. However, there’s a list of other benefits that come with a dehumidifier. Here are a few:
- Protects wood furniture, floors, and frames
- Lowers the risk of mold growth
- Improves quality of sleep
- Prevents asthma flare-ups
- Lowers energy bills (as explained below)
But Can a Dehumidifier Cool a Room?
No. If you install a dehumidifier at a home with no AC, you’ll still have a warm (or even hot) home. However, combining a dehumidifier with an air conditioner will maximize the efficiency of your AC and lower your energy bills.
Air conditioners work by absorbing the warm air in your home and removing the moisture from it. The condensation then drips into a pan, and the water is drained out of your home through a condensate line.
If there’s a dehumidifier in your home, your AC won’t have to work as hard to remove the humidity from the air, resulting in shorter cycles. This translates to savings on your power bills.
Do You Actually Need a Dehumidifier?
Although the benefits of installing a dehumidifier are many, plenty of households operate fine without one. That being said, if any of the following conditions are present in your home and you want to save your property from the damage caused by humidity, you should invest in a dehumidifier:
- Mold spots in the ceiling, walls, around the toilet, or in the shower
- Water stains on walls and ceiling
- Musty smelling towels and bedsheets in your linen closet
- Bubbling paint
- Condensation on mirrors and/or glass panes
- Too much dust in your home (humidity provides an optimal breeding ground for dust mites)
A dehumidifier can be a costly expense, however, it would hurt your wallet more to rectify a mold problem and repair or replace damaged walls, furniture, and belongings caused by excess humidity.
Climate Design Can Help You
At Climate Design, we provide AC installation, maintenance, and repair services all over Tampa Bay: Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Eastlake, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, and New Port Richey.
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