When you live in a subtropical climate like Tampa Bay, managing humidity is critical to maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. Balanced humidity levels also improve indoor air quality and protect your property from damaging moisture. Keeping humidity at bay offers many benefits, including the opportunity to lower your energy bills. Learn how a dehumidifier can help you spend less on cooling and more on the things that matter most to you.
Humidity and AC Systems
Because air conditioners extract moisture as well as heat from the air, they’re your first defense against high humidity. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat, however, humidity levels are likely too high. The amount of moisture that air can hold is described in terms of relative humidity (RH). Levels between 30 and 50 percent are considered optimum for human health. Anything above that range can impact your comfort and cooling costs:
- High RH levels force your AC system to run for longer periods, causing undue wear on the equipment.
- Overworked air conditioners or heat pumps are susceptible to malfunctions that impair performance.
- No matter how cool the temperature of the air, you can still feel sticky, clammy and uncomfortable.
- Air that is too humid takes a toll on the equipment, leading to frequent repairs and premature replacements.
Engineered to work in tandem with your existing AC system, whole-house dehumidifiers offer an energy-saving solution to high RH levels. The large amount of moisture they remove from the air allows you to run your AC less often. In addition to lower energy bills during the long warm-weather season, you’ll save money down the line as well. Your air conditioning system will last longer and need fewer repairs.
At Nuccio Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re proud to offer products that improve indoor air quality and cut your energy costs too. For more information, explore our wide range of HVAC services or give us a call at 813-961-7895.