Will a Dehumidifier Make My Home Too Dry?

Controlling humidity levels in a home during the summer is a key part of maintaining comfort and keeping utility bills low. An air conditioning system alone often can’t do the job of creating a pleasant environment if indoor air suffers from high humidity levels. (ACs do have some dehumidifying properties, but not enough to make a difference when relative humidity rises above 60%.) If your home is experiencing trouble with moist air, which can include water damage as well as discomfort, you should arrange with professionals to install a whole-house dehumidifier in your HVAC system.

Is there a danger that this will make my home too dry?

The answer to this is in two parts: “Yes there is,” and “If you call on professionals, you don’t need to worry.”

It is unfortunately a common occurrence that a dehumidifier ends up drying out the air in a home so much that it creates a new set of problems, such as the easy spread of illnesses, cracked, dry skin, and problems with static electricity. When a dehumidifier that is too powerful is combined with the dehumidifying abilities of a central AC, the results can be extremely damaging, and the home exchanges one set of comfort issues for another.

But this will only happen if you try to pick and install a dehumidifier on your own, or entrust the work to inexperienced amateurs. Professionals know how to size a dehumidifier correctly so that it matches the needs of a home and then integrate it into the HVAC system. They will see that the dehumidifier in conjunction with the air conditioner creates the balanced humidity level that will keep a home comfortable, energy efficient, and healthy.

Along with professional installation, make sure that you rely on the same experts to handle any repair or maintenance work the dehumidifier may require. This will help ensure that you have the ideal humidity levels in your home for many years.

Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating offers dehumidifier services in Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas.

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