fan-familyComfort Bear here, ready to dispense some wisdom for you. Hold onto your seat, because this one’s a real mind blower:

You know how it gets hot and uncomfortable in the summer? You might think that it’s the high temperatures that have got you feeling gross and sweaty. But you’d be mistaken.

The truth is that it’s not the heat, it’s actually the humidity that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Sorry, what? You say you’ve already heard that expression? And you’ve heard it more times than you can stand it?

Okay, okay. But did you know that you can turn your home into a safe haven, free from the discomfort of high humidity, with the simple addition of a whole-house dehumidifier?

And not only will this help you feel more comfortable, but it can even save you money! Here’s the complete rundown:

Restoring Humidity to Normal Levels is Essential

But first, let’s understand why it’s necessary to dehumidify the home.

We often say “humidity” to refer to high humidity, but that’s a bit misleading. Humidity is always necessary; it’s the amount of humidity in the air that’s important.

The normal range for humidity goes from 30% to 50%. On one paw, anything below 30% is too dry (which comes with its own problems). On the other paw, 50% and above is when it starts getting uncomfortable.

You humans sweat to keep your bodies cool. As sweat evaporates from the body, it leaves you with a feeling of cool relief. When humidity is too high, however, the sweat can’t evaporate, and it leaves you feeling quite unpleasant.

The key to restoring your comfort in summer is by bringing the humidity back down to a reasonable level—precisely 45% for the best results.

Lowering Humidity Improves Air Quality

High humidity also creates a breeding ground for mold, viruses, and bacteria.

Have you ever seen mold collect in a shower curtain? Bathrooms are always damp and warm, so that’s why it’s more common for mold to develop on the curtains or even on the walls if you’re not careful. Likewise, too much humidity in your home can create mold in the corners, your basements, behind drywall, and other places.

If the mold gets so bad that it starts spreading mold spores, you have an air quality issue on your hands! Get in touch with an HVAC company in Independence, MO to find out if humidity is causing mold problems in your home.

Reducing Humidity Reduces Dependence on the AC

As mentioned earlier, high humidity makes you feel uncomfortable. It actually makes your body feel warmer than it is and can even raise your body temperature. As a result, your natural response would be to crank up the cool air even further!

However, that’s just addressing the symptom, not the cause. You should instead consider removing the humidity from the equation with a whole-house dehumidifier. This will get your body feeling more comfortable, thereby reducing your dependence on the AC.

Don’t settle for those pesky portable dehumidifiers. A whole-house dehumidifier is the best way to improve your comfort in summer! Contact Climate Control Heating & Cooling today to schedule an estimate. Comfort & Care from the Team with the Bear