Central air conditioners are designed to pull heat energy out of the indoor air and transfer it outside, creating a cooling effect.
While the process can help with moisture, air conditioners aren’t intended to work as dehumidifiers.
Lowering the thermostat requires the air conditioner to run for longer cycles and use more energy. The temperature of the house might be lower, but with high humidity, the air will still feel sticky and uncomfortable. Portable dehumidifiers can be helpful for targeting a specific room but also depend on frequent maintenance. To solve issues with high humidity, a whole-home dehumidifier is the best option. These add-ons are installed directly into the air conditioner to treat the air as it passes through. The dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air to achieve and maintain recommended humidity percentages. The air will feel cooler at a higher thermostat setting, reducing the workload of the air conditioner. Along with superior comfort and lower electric bills, there is less strain on the cooling unit. Adding a dehumidifier can help the AC to be more reliable and last longer. Plus, when moisture levels in the home are under control, there are fewer concerns with mold, mildew and bacterial growth. A dehumidifier reduces the dust mite population and minimizes symptoms of allergies and asthma. When moisture levels are excessively high, headaches, lethargy, coughing, sneezing and sleeplessness become problems. There is the worry that wood furnishings will swell, warp and become damaged. Leather shoes and handbags can become damaged by mold and mildew. A whole-home humidifier tends to pay for itself in many ways.