Install a Dehumidifier
In the upper Midwest, a standard air conditioning system with a decent SEER rating can handle humidity levels during the fall, winter and spring, but the summer months can pose a challenge. Warm, moist air is heavier which makes it more difficult to cool. Since extra moisture in the air causes air conditioning systems to work harder, decreasing the Relative Humidity (RH) is a good way to increase efficiency. Adding a whole-house dehumidifier is a relatively easy way to achieve humidity control while making the most of the energy being used. A whole-house dehumidifier works with an existing furnace and air conditioner system to pull excess moisture out of the air, so it can be heated and cooled more easily by an HVAC unit.
Benefits of a Dehumidifier:
- Decreased moisture can reduce the growth of mildew and molds
- Dry air feels cooler, so a thermostat can be set 1-3 degrees higher
- Lower humidity levels can help reduce dust mite populations
- Dry air is easier to cool than moist air
- Compatible with existing heating and cooling systems