It’s Arizona summertime. You can walk into a convenience store and buy a cold bottle of soda, and as soon as you exit the store, your container has acquired a fine layer of condensation. The water droplets that form make it uncomfortable to hold the bottle. The reason? When your cold bottle hit the hot air outside, it pulled moisture from the air and collected it on the cold surface.
In a sense, the cold bottle is dehumidifying the air around it. This means collecting moisture, so the air around it becomes dryer and more comfortable, the exact purpose of the dehumidifier machines used inside homes.
If you have ever been inside your home or office and felt the dampness in your clothing, found it harder to breathe, or became ill, you may have encountered indoor humidity.
Humidity is best defined as the amount of water vapor in the air, and it is formed based on the temperature in the room. Humidity is not your friend.
Because of potential health hazards, Phoenix-based HVAC experts recommend investing in a whole-home dehumidifier. Below are even more reasons to invest.
Humidity Attracts Pests
Cockroaches, centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish are four pests that love moisture. Mold mites, water bugs, drain flies, and termites are also attracted to wet areas.
Phoenix moisture bugs aren’t just seeking wet areas in which they can lay around and breed, which they do. Also, they go to work damaging your home. Termites eat away the wood used to build your home, including foundation beams. Drain flies get into your pipes and leave particles behind that can buildup.
Each bug has its method of destruction. Plus, they are just gross. If you see insects in places they are not supposed to be, it could be time to invest in a whole-home dehumidifier.
You probably didn’t think humidity could prevent your body from cooling itself, but it can be it. When you sweat, your skin gets wet. In dry air, the moisture evaporates, allowing you to cool down. Humidity prevents moisture from evaporating and causes your body to overheat.
Heat exhaustion is dangerous. Aside from cramps, dizziness, weakness, and nausea, heat exhaustion can also lead to dehydration and fainting.
Mold and Mildew
Many people believe mold and mildew won’t grow in Arizona. But here at Integrity HVAC, we know that Arizona is rank sixth out of all the United States for insurance claims for mold problems in the home. Nationwide, according to statistics, 4.6 million asthma cases are attributed to mold and mildew found in the house.
Arizona humidity creates the perfect space in your home for mold and mildew to grow. It can lurk behind walls, under floors, and in your attic spaces. Just because you don’t see doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. If your home is humid, getting a whole-home dehumidifier can help prevent mold growth and mildew.
Higher Utility Bills
When your home is humid inside, it can make the environment feel hotter than it is.
For example, you set your air conditioning thermostat at 70 degrees in the morning. As the day goes on, the air circulates through your home. It starts to feel like your home is getting warmer. You turn the thermostat down to 68, hoping that will help. It doesn’t.
All these readjustments are forcing your Phoenix HVAC system to run longer and harder, causing your utility bills to soar.
When your air conditioner is trying to do the job of both cooling and dehumidifying the area, it will be costly.
What’s So Special About a Whole Home Dehumidifier?
A whole-home dehumidifier is a system designed to assist your heating and cooling system. It’s like having two workers doing one job, double the power to make sure you receive comfortable air.
The dehumidifier pulls in air from your home and cools it. This creates condensation. The condensation is separated and falls into a drainage line that leads outside. The cold air, minus the humidity, is sent back into your home.
Many people purchase one room dehumidifiers. They realize how helpful they are and then buy similar machines for other rooms in the home. Before you know it, you are dumping buckets of water every day from each room. Whole-home dehumidifiers do all the work for you. All you must do is enjoy your indoor air quality.
Because the Arizona summer is just around the corner, call your Phoenix HVAC company today to discover the right system for your home.