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Does an Air Conditioner Dehumidify My Home?

Temperatures may be cooling down to a point that you don’t need your air conditioner on such a regular basis anymore, but our humidity levels as of lately have made it seem warmer. Relative humidity levels should stay between 30-50% for you to maintain comfort in your home, yet our latest humidity readings have approached 80%. This may lead you to wonder if you can use your air conditioner to rid yourself of some of this excess moisture.

The Limitations of an Air Conditioner

Yes, an air conditioner does have some dehumidifying properties. Condensation forms on a coil within the indoor unit as the air conditioning system runs, and moisture form the air condenses and drips to a drainage system below it. This process does remove some of the moisture from inside your home.

However, this is not a cost-effective way to truly dehumidify your home, especially when you otherwise wouldn’t need to run your cooling system. There’s no need to spend this much money to both cool and dehumidify your home—aside from that an air conditioner has very limited dehumidifying capabilities.

Investing in a Whole-House Dehumidifier

A much more cost effective and convenient method to rid your home of excess moisture is with a whole-house dehumidifier. You’ll achieve greater comfort without your HVAC system taking a major financial hit. Dehumidifiers work similarly to AC systems in that they collect condensation as warm humid air blows over them. However, dehumidifiers don’t use as much energy as central AC systems do.

Once you decide to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed, it’s imperative that you contact a professional with experience in installing these systems. That’s what we are here for!

To solve your Allendale, NJ indoor air quality challenges, contact the team that serves all of Bergen County as well as Rockland County, NY: DB Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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