How Does a Dehumidifier Work, and Would My South Central Texas Home Benefit from One?

High humidity during summer can make your South Central Texas home an uncomfortable, sticky and sweaty place. If the humidity gets too high, your body won’t be able to use evaporative cooling (i.e, sweating) as effectively to lower the temperature of your skin.

Generally speaking, modern AC/heating systems are designed to effectively dehumidify the home as part of the cooling process. In other words, removing moisture from the air is an essential function used by modern central air conditioners to achieve a comfortable temperature. However, in an environment as typically and consistently humid as our part of Texas, it wouldn’t be unusual for certain areas of the home to have less-than-ideal humidity levels, especially bathrooms, walk-in closets, garages and other, similar spaces.

For these kinds of trouble spots, a home dehumidifier can help maintain proper moisture levels, making those areas more comfortable.

Pulling Water From Air

Dehumidifiers can remove large amounts of water from the air while still keeping everything at the right temperature. Incoming air passes over cooling coils and has its temperature dropped significantly. Since cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air, the water condenses out of it and onto the pipes and is collected as it falls.

Importance of Dry Air

Too much moisture in your home can lead to mold growth and an array of other health problems. Mold, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mites can all grow successfully in a moist environment. This is why bathrooms, where long, hot showers can permeate the air with moisture-filled steam, can become a breeding ground for such problems if not properly dehumidified. When the growths become airborne, they can be inhaled and cause respiratory issues and other health problems. Excess moisture in the air can also lead to rusting in your home and can even cause electronic devices to short circuit or to last a shorter amount of time.

Humidity in South-central Texas

In South Central Texas, we tend to have naturally high humidity levels, especially during the summer months. If your AC/heating system works as designed, though, it should keep most of your living space at comfortable humidity levels all season long. For any trouble spots, consider the purchase of a standalone dehumidifier unit.

Call the AC/Heating Experts at GVEC

If your AC is working overtime, but your home still feels consistently uncomfortable, sticky and hot, you may have a larger problem with your AC/heating system’s humidity control. In that case, we recommend calling the HVAC professionals at GVEC. With over 50 years’ experience serving the AC/heating needs of the Guadalupe Valley and surrounding areas, we can diagnose your problem and get it fixed quickly at a price that won’t empty your bank account.

At GVEC, we specialize in a range of heating and cooling solutions, including repair, installation, replacement and maintenance. Our BBB-accredited company maintains an A+ rating and is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Whether you live in Gonzales, Schertz, Cuero, La Vernia, New Braunfels, Seguin or some other area in or around South Central Texas, we’d be thrilled to work with you on making your home a healthier, more comfortable place.

To learn more about the various services we offer or to schedule an appointment, call us at 877.466.5506.

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