Do I Need a Dehumidifier When I Have an AC?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

flushed-man-before-fanIf you’ve lived through a summer here in Louisiana, you understand that humidity is a serious problem for comfort. Even mild warm days can feel like a blistering 90°F when the relative humidity level is high enough. The reason for this is that the higher moisture levels in the air trap heat inside the body, making it harder for it to release the excess heat through perspiring. Humidity causes other troubles as well: encouraging mold and mildew growth and causing water damage to surfaces.

But you have an air conditioner in your home, so that should take care of the humidity problem, right?

Well, not really. You may have heard that air conditioners are natural dehumidifiers, but there’s more to it than that.

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Why We Don’t Recommend Portable Dehumidifiers

Monday, August 7th, 2017

water-dropletsHumidity is often worse than the heat here in Louisiana. The high moisture levels in the air are like having an extra layer of clothing on: the moisture makes it harder for your body to release heat, and that extra heat trapped in your body makes the temperatures around you feel hotter than they are—sometimes as much as 8 to 10°F! The moisture can cause other troubles as well, from simple things like making it harder to dry off towels, to more serious issues like the growth of harmful molds in a home that lead to triggering allergies.

One of the best ways to deal with the high humidity of the summer is to use a dehumidifier. But if your first instinct is to go online and search for a portable dehumidifier (also known as a ­room dehumidifier), which can cost anywhere from $100 to almost $2000, we recommend you instead contact our technicians to arrange for a whole-house dehumidifier installation in Haughton, LA.

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Summer Humidity vs. Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 15th, 2017

air-conditioning-condensers-on-risersIn our last blog post, we looked at the ways summer heat puts strain on your air conditioner and how this leads to needing to call us for repairs.

But as you know as a resident of Louisiana, heat is only half the story during summer. The other half: HUMIDITY. The scary eight letters! Our air conditioning systems in Shreveport, LA face special challenges because the moisture in the air is especially high. This not only means needing to run air conditioners for longer (putting more strain on their components), it also means the moisture causing wear to the AC.

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Ways to Save Money with Energy-Efficient Appliances

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Everybody wants to save money in their home, and there are many ways to cut down on expenditures. A way that we can help you with lowering annual costs is through installing special energy-saving HVAC and IAQ (indoor air quality) appliances and products. Below are a few suggestions.

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Why Shouldn’t I Just Buy a Portable Dehumidifier for My Home?

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Anybody who has lived through a summer in Louisiana knows just how humid it gets here at that time of year—and high humidity makes the summer heat turn almost unbearable. A dehumidifier in a home is a great investment when it comes to both comfort and taking some of the strain off the air conditioning system. With the indoor relative humidity balanced between 30% and 50%, a house interior will feel 8°–10° cooler! Plus, the house will have fewer issues with mold growth, mildew, and water damage.

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An Air Conditioning System Isn’t Enough to Combat High Humidity

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The high heat is still with us here in the Shreveport area, even as we move into the latter half of September and the official start of the fall season. And along with that heat is the additional problem of humidity. The moisture in the air makes it more difficult for the human body to expel heat through perspiration, and then traps more heat in the body and makes the surrounding temperature feel hotter.

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The Dangers of High Humidity

Monday, July 27th, 2015

As we approach August, the heat and humidity can be overwhelming to even the seasoned Shreveport resident. While you always hear about temperature, it’s important to understand the number on your thermostat in relation to the relative humidity. The higher the humidity the more difficult it is for the body to cool off by means of perspiration. Everyone needs a whole-house air conditioner in these parts, but most would do well to consider taking control of their humidity levels with a dehumidifier. Let’s take a look at some of the issues associated with high humidity.

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