AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifier’

Don’t Use Your Air Conditioner to Lower Humidity Levels

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meMost of the country experiences low humidity levels in the winter, when falling temperatures dry out the air. For our service area, it’s the exact opposite problem. Winters are mild in Southern California, but also very wet, and with the high levels of rain we’ve experienced this year, you may be dealing with too much humidity, not too little.

People have a tendency to run their air conditioners as a way of lowering humidity levels. This works to an extent, but it’s also very inefficient, and can cause a number of serious problems for your system. A whole-house dehumidifier can do the job a lot better. Here’s how it works. 

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Let a Dehumidifier Ease Strain on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Burbank, CA gets very little rainfall, like most of  Southern California, and because we live in a Mediterranean environment, we’re not used to thinking about high humidity levels here. But our recent weather has shown just how humid our summers can get. Our air conditioners can deal with it to a certain extent, but they’re not set up for such an issue, and high humidity can cause undue strain and even breakdowns in some cases. 

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Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills Now

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

We’ve hit the home stretch for summer, but anyone who has lived in Los Angeles, CA can tell you that the hot days don’t stop just because Labor Day is around the corner. Your air conditioner will likely see use well into the fall and while you might need to pay more for that service, make sure you’re not paying more than you have to. You can take steps right now to lower your air conditioning bills, not just for the rest of this summer, but for many summers to come. Here’s a few options to consider to help get those bills under control.

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Dehumidifiers: Your Air Conditioner’s Best Friend

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We normally think of Southern California as a dry area and it usually is. But as this summer has shown us, high humidity can reach up and bite us when we least suspect it. Excessive mugginess is a problem because it prevents the sweat from evaporating off of our skin: our body’s primary way of keeping cool. That makes the air feel hotter than it actually is, which can spell big problems for your air conditioner if you’re not careful. A dehumidifier could be the answer, not only by improving your indoor air quality but by easing the burden on your air conditioner at the same time. Here’s why dehumidifiers can be your air conditioner’s best friend.

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How Does Humidity Affect Home Comfort Levels?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Los Angeles, CA, is a hot city and we’re not just talking about movie stars. Temperatures can often climb into the triple digits and our summer heat waves can be absolutely excruciating. But while a good air conditioning system can keep you cool and comfortable, there’s another factor involved in keeping your home comfortable: humidity. We don’t think about humidity levels here in LA the way they do in the Midwest or the Deep South, but it can affect your comfort levels in numerous ways. The more you know about them, the better you can prepare for the effects they have on your home.

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Signs that You Need a Dehumidifier

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Are you frustrated by the sheer amount of moisture in your indoor air? Does it feel like walking through a cloud or a swamp? It’s safe to say that you know what a dehumidifier is and you have probably even used a portable model at some time to reduce the amount of moisture in your air. However, in order to benefit from the many advantages of dehumidification, particularly during the summer, it’s necessary to invest in a whole house system.

  • Visible condensation. One rather severe symptom of high moisture content in your indoor air is visible condensation on the walls, ceilings or floors of your home. If you notice this, then you probably also have a ventilation problem. That said, a whole house dehumidifier is a great way to reduce the risks associated with water moisture loosed upon your home’s infrastructure.
  • Stuffy, stale air. High humidity is often detected by the presence of stuffy and stale air. You may find that it’s hard to breathe because the air feels thick with moisture or that it smells funky due to the presence of biological contaminants that proliferate in high moisture conditions. You can eliminate such discomfort with a whole house dehumidifier.
  • Presence of mold and mildew. Whether you’re particularly sensitive to mold and mildew or not, it’s important that you reduce their presence as much as possible. High humidity allows such biological contaminants to breed and circulate throughout indoor air. While a dehumidifier is by no means a mold remediation solution, it is an important part of preventing mold from being a problem in the first place.
  • High energy bills. Yes, that’s right. There is an important link between your perception of temperature and the relative humidity. The greater the amount of moisture in the air, the greater the amount of thermal energy that can be stored therein. Reducing your humidity levels can allow you to set your temperature a little higher than you would otherwise. Even a different of several degrees can add up to a significant amount of energy savings during the course of a summer season.

Call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating today to discuss further or to schedule the installation of a dehumidifier in Los Angeles.

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