It’s July in northern Virginia, and that means two things: too many 90 degree days, and humidity.
The excess amount of moisture in the air makes routine, daily activities uncomfortable. Not only that, but your air conditioner has worked nonstop; it hasn’t shut off even once in the last few weeks, yet somehow, the air in your northern Virginia home still seems sticky and uncomfortable.
Blame the humidity.
High humidity levels are unpleasant, but also present graver dangers to you and your home, as mold and mildew threaten your home’s structural components. My Plumber Heating & Cooling highly recommends taking steps to get excessive humidity in your home under control before it has a chance to cause major, and expensive damage.
Dehumidification can protect your northern VA home from excessive humidity.
The work of a dehumidifier installed on an existing heating and cooling system is very similar to that of a refrigerator.
Gas is compressed and expanded in order to lower the temperature of metal coils to freezing levels, BUT — and this is where a dehumidifier becomes a dehumidifier and not a refrigerator — instead of directing the cooling action into a closed box, the dehumidifier blows warm, moist air over the cold, dry coils. Moisture condenses on the coils before turning into liquid water, which then collects in a drip pan. The once too-saturated air returns to circulate in a cleaner, more ambient manner.
Dehumidification can also be achieved by replacing your heating and cooling system with one of My Plumber Heating and Cooling’s’ premier AC or Heat pump systems. Such a premier system has the ability to dehumidify with a staged compressor operation and a variable speed air distribution system.
My Plumber Heating and Cooling can offer options for one of these systems at no charge with a visit from one of our expert Comfort Consultants, TODAY!
Still not convinced? Some other benefits of a dehumidifier include:
- Reduced humidity levels, decreasing the likelihood of allergen growth
- Elimination of the musty or rotting smell that often accompanies the persistence of mold and mildew in your northern Virginia home.
- Reduced skin and respiratory system irritation, which in turn makes it easier to breathe and also makes your home more comfortable.
- A dehumidifier will also lead to less dust, as well as clothes that dry faster; foods that remain fresh longer; and fewer signs of rust or corrosion on metal appliances such as computers, electronics, and tools.
Northern Virginia homeowners who choose to employ a dehumidifier can likewise expect lowered energy costs. When the air in your home is full of excess humidity and moisture, the air conditioner must work harder, forced to cool the air and remove moisture.