Jul 25 2016

dehumidifierAs a homeowner in Edgewater, Maryland, you know the summer season tends to get hot and sticky. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep your home comfortable without spending a fortune, though. Learn how a dehumidifier can improve your family’s comfort and enhance your home’s indoor air quality throughout the summer season.

Feel Cooler Without the Added Cost

If you’re constantly trying to keep the summer heat at bay, you might be tempted to decrease the temperature on your home’s thermostat throughout the cooling season. While lowering the temperature will certainly make your home feel cooler, you’ll pay for it with higher utility bills and added stress on your air conditioner.

A dehumidifier addresses summer heat in a different way. Instead of lowering the temperature, this device simply pulls excess moisture from the air. This might not sound like a big deal, but it can have a substantial impact on your family’s comfort.

If you’ve ever gone for a run or done strenuous exercise on a muggy day, you know it’s hard to cool down when you’re experiencing high humidity. That’s because sweating loses its cooling effect as humidity levels rise.

At home, you’ll find the same situation applies. Use a dehumidifier to maintain a 50 percent or lower humidity level, and you’ll feel much cooler and more comfortable without having to keep your air conditioner running around the clock.

Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

Whether you have an aging cooling system or a brand-new air conditioner, you’ll find that its ability to manage humidity levels directly relates to your monthly utility bills. If your cooling system can’t reliably maintain a standard humidity level, it has to work harder to keep you comfortable.

When you call the experienced technicians at Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning to introduce a dehumidifier into the mix, you’ll take a load off your air conditioner immediately. The two systems work together to keep moisture levels in your home manageable without using excessive energy. That means a dehumidifier can help your air conditioner run efficiently and last longer and keep your family comfortable on even the hottest days.

Enhance Your Indoor Air Quality

If you or anyone in your home suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues, you know excess moisture can make breathing difficult. In fact, high humidity levels can be downright unhealthy for several reasons. Humid conditions are ideal for mold and mildew growth, and they also encourage dust mites to thrive. Over time, these airborne contaminants can seriously compromise your health.

A dehumidifier can go a long way toward improving your home’s indoor air quality. By keeping humidity at a healthy level, this device eliminates indoor pollutants such as mold, mildew, and dust mites, helping you breathe easy at the same time.

Many dehumidifiers also rely on replaceable filters that remove pathogens and other common contaminants from the air. Look for a device that requires a filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of eight or higher. You’ll eliminate even more pollutants to further enhance your home’s indoor air quality.

Choose Between Portable and Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

When you’re shopping for a dehumidifier, you’ll find a long list of options to choose from. At Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning, we typically recommend a whole-home dehumidifier such as the Performance DEHXX model. As a whole-home device, this dehumidifier works directly with your HVAC system to establish a comfortable humidity level. This model addresses humidity throughout your home, so you can rest assured you’re creating a healthy environment in each room. If you’re only concerned about excess moisture in the basement, you’ll be happy to know this device is also available in a smaller size.

If a single-room dehumidifier better fits your needs, consider investing in a standalone unit. Portable dehumidifiers often work well to keep a bedroom, kitchen, or other small space comfortable, and you can easily shift them around the house as necessary.

Feeling the heat this summer? Call 410-919-0110 to speak with the HVAC experts at Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. today. Learn how our cooling systems and indoor air quality products can keep your family cool and comfortable.

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