Air Quality | Dehumidifying Your Home

There are many factors that influence the air inside our homes. Humidity, the amount of moisture in the air, can be one of the hardest factor to control. Central ac units remove humidity from the air while it runs, but once the air conditioning unit reaches the desired temperature it shuts off allowing the humidity to raise again. The optimal humidity most homeowners enjoy is between 40-60%. The relative humidity in the air in Florida stays around 89% which is a huge difference, as it makes the hot air feel hotter which in turn makes our central air conditioning systems work harder using more electricity.

Humidity can cause residents to feel sticky, dewy, dampness makes itself at home on your clothes, linens, face and skin. Humidity also plays an important role in our health because the warm moist climate allows for bacteria, allergens, dust mites, spiders and other unwanted guests to thrive.

Most often, home owners start using portable dehumidification options. These options are relatively inexpensive and portable. They are a great option when looking to dehumidify an isolated area. However, the lifespan of portable dehumidifiers is short and thus they require replacement as well as maintenance such as emptying the drip pan or changing filters. They also take up space and are noisy.

Eventually, homeowners will need a more economical solution. That’s when they look into whole home dehumidification. These are great options to control humidity throughout the home, are located in a centrally which reduces noise, energy efficient, low maintenance, durable and include warranty options. Whole home dehumidifiers require an initial investment but are low maintenance and economical, providing energy efficiency.

The question then becomes why would you choose one over the other? We recommend you consult with your favorite air conditioner fixer, Rainbow Lakes Air Conditioning and Heating, to go over your specific needs.

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