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Summer Is Coming, as Is the Humidity

water-dropletsWhen you think of the discomfort that you’ll face during the summer season, temperatures regularly hitting the 90s are probably what you first envision. While very high temperatures will certainly prove a challenge in terms of comfort, so too will very humid weather. Our conditions in this area can be downright swampy when summer really gets underway. Using a whole-house dehumidifier in Apex, NC can help you to avoid the issues that high humidity can lead to.

When you run your air conditioner, it is true that some humidity is drawn out of the air. That is why you have a condensate drain line/pan assembly in your AC system. However, you must remember that this is really more of a byproduct of the cooling process. It is not the intended function of an air conditioner to dehumidify the air. To successfully do so, nothing beats a designated dehumidification system.

What Problems Are Caused by High Humidity?

Well, I’ll just make do with the dehumidification completed by my AC, you may be thinking. In truth, certain areas of the country may be able to get by with doing so. We cannot, though. Our humidity levels during the summer season just start out too high to begin with, and high humidity can just cause too may problems in the home. It really is an issue to take seriously, as the following symptoms of high humidity will show.

  • Your air conditioner may struggle to cool your home effectively and efficiently if the air in your house is too humid. This is because humid air retains heat so well. By drying out the air sufficiently with a whole-house dehumidifier, you can actually make it easier for your air conditioner to do its job.
  • Pollutants can more easily cling to humid air molecules, meaning that they will stay airborne longer than they otherwise would in drier conditions. This can spell serious trouble for your indoor air quality, aggravating residents’ allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Biological pollutants also thrive in humid conditions. If the air in your home is very damp, it can lead to the proliferation of viruses and bacteria. Damp conditions can also foster mold growth in your home, which is a very serious issue.
  • Wood rot, peeling wallpaper, and warping floorboards can also result from very high humidity levels. Don’t let excessive humidity put your property at risk.
  • High humidity can also lead to issues with your condensate drain line. Algae growth can block the line, and that can cause it to back up into your home.

Choose a Whole-House Solution

You’ve probably seen portable dehumidifiers on the shelves of homewares stores before. If you are serious about maintaining proper humidity levels throughout your home, however, a whole-house system is the best option. They’re more efficient. They’re also more convenient, as you won’t have to empty the bucket constantly or move the system around. Plus, you can maintain the right amount of humidity in the air without overly drying it out.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling is here to handle all of your indoor air quality service needs.

 

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