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Dryer Air Is Easier to Cool

No, we’re not talking about air from your dryer. We’re talking about all of the air in your home. When your air is less humid than the air outside during the summer, it’s a lot easier to keep cool. There’s a lot of science to back this up and we’re going to dive right into it.

On a simpler note, that’s why we like talking about dehumidifiers in Pine Bluff, AR so much. When an air conditioner is beginning to struggle, especially during one of our notorious heatwaves, a dehumidifier can be the perfect extra boost to keep things comfortable. Our team even provides installation and additional services for whole-house dehumidifier systems that can keep your entire home dry and comfortable.

So, are you still not convinced that dry air has anything to do with cooler temperatures? Let us change your mind!

Humidity and Specific Heat

Water has a very high specific heat. This means it takes a lot of energy to transform that water into water vapor, and the same concept is applied to turning water into ice. It’s why we rely on electricity to power our freezers as well as our stovetops to actively use water in the most convenient state.

However, this can also be applied to your air. Every home’s air, regardless of the season, is going to have a different level of humidity in the air. Homes with higher humidity will retain heat a lot more easily, since the water will retain that heat energy and keep it indoors for longer. A dry home will become cool because there’s less moisture to absorb heat and energy. This is important, because it blurs the line between air conditioning and dehumidification, as they both do the same thing.

A Dehumidifier and an Air Conditioner

Many homeowners settle on the fact that they’ll use an air conditioner during the summer and that’s it. They tend to think either they can’t afford a different piece of equipment, or it’s not really necessary. This won’t be the case when we describe how a dehumidifier and an air conditioner are working towards the same goal.

An AC naturally removes humidity from the air as it cools it, but it’s not particularly good at this job. Too much humidity will cause your AC to run much longer, consume more energy, and your home won’t feel as comfortable as you want it to.

However, when it works together with a whole-house dehumidifier, you can have the cooler temperatures you want at a lower price per month. This combination will also help your AC last longer.

Working Together

Homeowners don’t often think about two completely different systems working together, but that’s how you should start viewing your AC and your dehumidifier. They both work towards the same goal—keeping your home dry and cool. Without them, you’ll either lack the temperature control you need from an AC, or your home will be too humid to easily cool without a dehumidifier. Invest in both of these systems today for maximum results.

Call Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for your very own dehumidifier. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal!

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