High humidity isn’t as much of a climate concern in Los Angeles as it is in other parts of the country, such as Florida and the Deep South states. Our outdoor air during the summer is often too dry, leading to health and comfort problems.
However, indoor humidity doesn’t need to come from the weather. It’s easy for a home to become stuffy and unpleasant if it is closed up most of the day during hot weather, and moisture can come from a variety of sources inside the house. A spike in indoor humidity will make people feel hotter, and it can lead to the development of mold, mildew, and even water damage to surfaces.
But doesn’t my air conditioning take care of this?
Your air conditioner takes care of cooling down the air. But it isn’t specifically designed as a dehumidifier (unless its model came with humidity controls). The air conditioner does draw out some levels of moisture in the air as it also draws out heat. The water vapor condenses along the indoor coil, then drips down into a pan below, where it’s removed into the drainage system. However, this is rarely sufficient dehumidification for a home that is having trouble with it.
In order to balance the humidity levels in your home when they are rising, you should have a whole-house dehumidifier installed into the HVAC system. These devices are similar in operation to an air conditioner: they use refrigerant in a coil to absorb both heat and moisture. However, the dehumidifier re-heats the air it cools so it won’t interfere with the job of the air conditioner.
You must have a professional integrate the dehumidifier into your comfort system. An amateur job might lead to a dehumidifier that ends up making the home too dry—and that’s a whole other set of problems.
If you think your home might benefit from whole-house dehumidification, call on JW Heating and Air. We serve Lakewood, CA and the Greater Los Angeles area.