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Dehumidifiers vs. Air Conditioners: Which One Do I Need?

Few people understand the role that air conditioners play in dehumidifying the air. The process helps keep your home cool and comfortable in the summertime. But sometimes it isn’t enough, which is why you may need a whole-house humidifier to help clear up the issue. Here in Brazoria TX, dehumidifiers are a common sight, though that doesn’t mean you necessarily need one in your home. But how can you tell? “Dehumidifiers vs. air conditioners: which one do I need?” you ask.  Specifics vary, but a general guideline can be found below.

First a bit on how the process works. Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. High humidity is uncomfortable because all that moisture prevents sweat from evaporating off of your skin (our body’s natural cooling mechanism). The air conditioner helps with that by lowering the humidity. As it cools the air within its system, the ambient water in the air condenses into a liquid form, which is collected into a condensate pan and removed from the system via a line. That’s often enough to reduce the humidity to comfortable levels.

Often, but not always. On particularly humid days, the air conditioner will undergo a great deal of strain as it struggles to lower the temperature. In such cases, it may not be able to do the job, or worse: suffer a serious breakdown just when you need it the most. A whole-house humidifier can help ease that burden: ensuring that you get the cool air you need to stay comfortable without putting the system under excessive wear and tear. A dehumidifier can also be helpful in households with concerns about mold or similar allergens. Families with babies or elderly members will appreciate the improvement in air quality that a dehumidifier can bring.

Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide if you need dehumidifiers or can go with a simple air conditioner. But regardless of what you decide, the experts at Switzerland Air can help. Dehumidifier technology needs to fit the individual household. We can work with you to find the best solution for your family. Pick up the phone and give us a call today! We also offer a variety of indoor air quality services in Brazoria, TX. Ask about them when you speak with one of our HVAC specialists.

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