If there’s one thing we understand in southern Texas, it’s that heat and humidity make up our summers. But humidity can do a lot more than just make things feel uncomfortable; it can actually cause damage to your home. A great tool our Switzerland Air technicians have used to help customers decrease the humidity level in their homes is a whole-home dehumidifier. When added to your air conditioning system in Freeport, TX, a dehumidifier can help increase comfort levels and protect your home from damage caused by humidity.
Damage That Can Be Caused By Humidity
Following are some of the common problems we have seen result from excessive humidity in homes:
- Mold and mildew growth – mold and mildew thrive in cool, damp environments. Both of these growths can ruin furniture, clothing, bedding, photos, books and many more important items in your home, not to mention the irritation mold and mildew spores can cause to allergy sufferers.
- Issues with flooring – both wood and carpet can develop mold and mildew if there is enough moisture in the air. Not only will mold and mildew produce an unpleasant odor on your flooring: it can, if left untreated, ruin it.
- Peeling paint – humidity can cause paint on walls and ceilings to bubble and peel. This is because walls and ceilings can absorb the moisture over time, and eventually become soggy.
- Excess wear-and-tear on your air conditioning system – your air conditioner removes both heat and humidity, but excessive humidity will force it to work harder to achieve the same temperature as when there is less humidity in the air. For instance, 70 degrees with low humidity feels much more comfortable than 70 degrees with high humidity. This is because humidity holds heat – heat that your air conditioner has to remove in order to properly cool your home.
How a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Helps
One of the best ways we’ve seen to combat excessive humidity is to add a whole-home dehumidifier to your air conditioning system. A whole-home dehumidifier removes the excess moisture, helps improve comfort, increases energy efficiency and better health, and allows for less strain on your air conditioner. If you’ve been combatting issues caused by excess humidity, it may be time to see if a dehumidifier in Freeport, TX is right for your property. Call Switzerland Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts to discuss dehumidifying your home.