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Coastal Cities Have Options for Dehumidifying the Air

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meWe have unique geography here in northern San Diego County, which can have a huge impact on your home’s comfort levels. For example, temperatures tend to be warm in inland cities like Escondido than in cities along the coast like Oceanside and Carlsbad. The hills and valleys in our local landscape help perpetrate that, which helps explain why Escondido residents rely on air conditioning far more than Oceanside residents do. For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it:

For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it: a whole-house dehumidifier.

Why Is High Humidity a Problem?

Human beings tend to thrive when the relative humidity levels sit somewhere between 30% and 50%. When the humidity rises above that, there’s too much ambient moisture in the air for the sweat to evaporate off of our skin. Since that’s our bodies’ primary means of keeping cool, it quickly becomes a problem. The air feels hotter than it is and with the sweat staying on our skin, we’re left feeling wet and gross. In extreme cases, the damage can be more severe than that, even creating problems with the furnishings in your home in the worst cases. Coastal cities like Oceanside and Carlsbad frequently suffer from high humidity, in part because of the coastal marshes that are a part of our local geography.

Air Conditioners Address It, Kind Of

The best way to lower the humidity in the air is to lower the temperature of that air. As the temperature falls, the ambient moisture shifts from gaseous to liquid form, coalescing into droplets and leaving drier air behind. (This phenomenon is why you get dew in the early hours of the morning.)

Air conditioners perform that service by default. However, they’re built for temperature control, not for getting rid of humidity. Excess humidity can cause problems with the drain pan and drain line, as well as forcing the air conditioner to work harder than it should.

Dehumidifiers are the Answer

A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, uses the same principles as air conditioning — circulating freon or another refrigerant to lower the temperature of the air — to achieve a more specific effect. Dehumidifiers don’t need to get rid of heated air like air conditioners do, making them simpler to install and use. They also allow you to adjust the desired humidity levels as you wish, something more air conditioners can’t do. They also have much larger reservoirs for the condensate. Air conditioning drain pans can become overwhelmed if the humidity levels are too high. That allows dehumidifiers┬áto more effectively address the problem of high humidity at a lower cost to you.

This is true even in communities further inland, where air conditioning is a more pressing concern. A dehumidifier could ease some of the strain on your air conditioning system, helping it do its job more easily and lowering bills overall.

For dehumidifier installation and service in Oceanside, CA call on Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc.

 

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