Floridians know, it’s not the heat but the humidity that’s unbearable. But what can we do to deal with it? Do we just have to suffer in silence at the beach while we try to escape the oppressive humidity?
For many homes here in South Florida, dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air that causes the stifling heat. If you’re looking for some extra cooling power for your house, it may be time to invest in a dehumidifier.
Why Does Humidity Make Us Feel Hot?
Humidity does not actually raise the temperature, it just makes us feel hotter. This is because humidity stops humans from cooling themselves down.
The way we are able to bring down our body temperature is through sweating. When the sweat is evaporated from our skin, it cools down our body’s temperature. However, if there is already moisture in the air (like humidity) then the sweat has nowhere to go, and cannot evaporate and cool us down. So, just like a sauna, we are left warm and sweating. This is why people tend to sweat more in humid climates.
What Does A Dehumidifier Do?
Many air conditioners are built in with a dehumidifier function that draws out the moisture from the air. However, unlike your AC, and dehumidifier does not blow out cool air as well, it’s only job is to reduce the amount of humidity in the air. It is also much more effective at taking moisture out of the air than your air conditioner.
However, a dehumidifier does not only take care of humidity. It also prevents mold, mildew and other dangerous environmental hazards. A dehumidifier will also extend the life of your furniture, ceiling fans and home decor that can warp due to humidity.
How Do Dehumidifiers Work?
A dehumidifier works by using warm and cool coils that work together to remove humidity. A small fan draws in air from the room and passes that air over these two coils. When the humid air meets both the warm and cold coil at once, it causes a reaction that condenses the water from the air. The water is then either collected in an attached bucket, or taken out through a connecting drain pipe.
Where To Place a Dehumidifier
You don’t need a dehumidifier in every room of your house to feel comfortable. In most cases, your AC’s dehumidifier will do the job. However, there are some rooms in your home that are extra humid may need a little help. These rooms include kitchens, basements and bathrooms, or any place with extra moisture in the air.
A dehumidifier makes your home safe and comfortable. If you have any questions about how a new dehumidifying system can improve can improve your home’s climate, call Engineered Air today. Our experienced HVAC technicians are passionate about your home’s comfort. Contact Engineered Air, located in Pompano Beach and serving all of South Florida and learn the difference that a dehumidifier can make in your home!