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Do I Need a Separate Dehumidifier if I Have an Air Conditioner?

High humidity is an everyday thing here in Florida. The phrase “dry heat” is about as foreign a concept as snow in winter. However, most people still don’t take steps to address the high humidity problems in their own homes. One of the most damaging myths regarding humidity is that if you have an air conditioner, you don’t need to use a dedicated dehumidifier. Let’s take a look at why that isn’t true.

High Humidity

First, why do you need to worry about high humidity in the first place? There are two primary reasons. The higher the humidity levels in the air are, the higher the evaporation point for most liquids. That includes sweat. So, the higher the humidity levels are, the longer it will take your body to cool itself. Comfort isn’t the only concern, however.

High humidity also promotes mold growth in the darker areas of your home, like inside the walls and under the sink. Mold spores can cause a wide range of nasty health problems, some of which can even be life-threatening in certain circumstances. This is one of the biggest reasons why you need to control your indoor humidity.

Why Air Conditioners Aren’t Good Enough

Air conditioners do have some dehumidifying function, though it’s entirely accidental. The system cools the air past the dew point, which causes it to shed some of its extra humidity. However, because the air conditioner is not designed to do that, it will never be as effective as a dedicated dehumidifier. If you want to avoid the issues associated with high humidity, you should absolutely install a dedicated dehumidifier in your home.

Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers a full range of dehumidifier services throughout Jensen Beach, FL. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.

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