When your cooling system is running it dehumidifies your home’s air. Removing moisture makes the air drier and feel cooler.
With a HVAC system that was not designed for dehumidification, to achieve desired humidity levels the system often operates with greater frequency, using more energy and overcooling the home.
But to remove the excess moisture without using the air conditioner, or if you need to lower humidity when it is too cold outside for your air conditioner to run, a whole-home dehumidifier may be a great option. This accessory is connected to your existing ductwork and can effectively pull excess moisture from the air circulating throughout your home. You’ll feel more comfortable without over cooling and can help save on energy costs.
Keeping humidity under wraps can also improve the quality of the air you breathe by helping to keep mold and some allergens under control. It can help prevent warping or structural damage to wood flooring or furnishings.
Many whole-home dehumidifiers are also capable of being used as standalone units. If you have a very humid basement or crawlspace, and a big box store dehumidifier can’t handle drying it out. This may be a great solution.