How a Whole-House Dehumidifier Stabilizes the Moisture in Florida Homes

Whole-House Dehumidifier

Whether you’re new to Florida or have lived here all your life, you surely know: There are days when the humidity can make you downright uncomfortable. And while you can’t do anything about the humidity outdoors, you can make your home more comfortable with a whole-house dehumidifier. 

Don’t get the wrong idea about humidity. A little moisture in the air is a good thing. Your body needs it to help you breathe easily and fight respiratory infections. If you’re like most people, your internal “thermostat” feels best when the indoor humidity ranges between 40 and 50 percent in the summer and between 30 and 50 percent in the winter.

When humidity levels rise above these numbers, the moisture makes you feel warmer, which is why you may not reach for that light sweater on humid nights. Your central air conditioner works hard to draw some extra moisture from the air, but it’s equipped to do only so much.

A whole-house dehumidifier can stabilize the moisture in your home by pulling air through the return ducts, “wringing” the moisture from it and then sending the “new” dry air back throughout your home. This is the dehumidifier’s only job, making it a fine companion for your central air conditioner. Connected directly to this system, a whole-house dehumidifier should run less often and consume less energy than a portable unit.

Your home may be literally breaking out in a sweat for a whole-house dehumidifier if:

  • It smells musty or feels so stuffy that you’re lowering the temperature on your thermostat to compensate.
  • You have trouble breathing or sleeping comfortably.
  • You or someone in your family suffers from lingering cold or allergy symptoms.
  • You’ve noticed mold, mildew, condensation or wet stains on your walls, ceilings or pipes.
  • Your floors feel sticky or are “sweating” with condensation.

The next time you hear a weather forecast that warns of high humidity, remember that your home can remain a cool and comfortable haven from the discomfort – especially if you let Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning help you choose the right whole-house dehumidifier for your home.

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