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How do Dehumidifiers Help My Air Conditioner?

Riverside, CA is traditionally a very dry city, but high humidity has been more and more of a problem in recent years, as we’ve seen with our unusually muggy weather this summer. That has an impact on your air conditioning system, as well as creating significant indoor air quality problems for your home. The solution may be a whole-house dehumidifier, designed to pull the excess moisture out of the air and give your hard-working AC a break. How do dehumidifiers help your air conditioner? We have a few details below.

How They Work

Dehumidifiers work according to the same principles as air conditioners. By lowering the temperature of the air, they cause the ambient moisture to condense into droplets, which they collect in a condensate pan for disposal. This follows the same principles as the formation of dew in the morning, which is why you tend to see dew forming during the coolest hours of the day. The newly dried air can then be pushed through the ducts in your home to lower the humidity levels: reducing that clammy gross feeling that excessive mugginess brings and helping your house feel cooler as a result.

How They Benefit the AC

You can immediately see how lowered humidity levels help the air conditioner do its job. If the house feels cooler when humidity is lower, your system won’t need to work as hard. But air conditioners suffer additional strain with high humidity because they actually do the same job as dehumidifiers simply by cooling the air. The difference is that they’re not designed for that, and the resulting strain can both increase your monthly bills and run the greater risk of a breakdown for your air conditioner. A dehumidifier sets those fears to rest, helping your air conditioner do its job more effectively.

Contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to install and maintain dehumidifiers in your home!

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