There’s no doubt about it: the humidity here in Louisiana is legendary. Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria tend to have above-average humidity at any time of year, but the summer is when things get dialed up to 11. And uncomfortable.
Pictured: As anyone here in Louisiana knows, sleeping at night without a dehumidifier in the summer can be a challenge.
How is humidity getting in my home?
While your home may be “tight” – that is, designed to keep outside air from getting in – it’s inevitable that some of that humidity is going to make its way into your house.
High levels of humidity can not only cause you to be uncomfortable, but lead to the growth of mildew, mold and other types of nasty bacteria. And while your air conditioning system does a pretty good job combatting this, there are other tools you can use to be even more effective.
What are dehumidifiers?
Enter the dehumidifier. This system is fantastic at removing the dampness in your indoor air. After all, that’s what they’re built for! As such, they are highly effective at controlling the potential for mold and mildew growth.
There are several different types of dehumidifiers available. Each has their own unique properties and means of dehumidifying the air. They include:
Types of dehumidifiers
Whole home dehumidifiers
As the name suggests, these dehumidifiers are powerful units designed to dehumidify an entire house.
Heat pump dehumidifiers
These collect indoor air, pass it through a heat pump and redistribute it throughout the home as warm, dry air.
They’re placed in – you guessed it – the basement, where mold and mildew growth is common.
Chemical absorbent dehumidifiers
These use a silica gel to expel damp air through an exterior vent, thus removing that air from the house.
Combine a dehumidifier with a new AC system for maximum impact
A dehumidifier and air conditioning system combo makes a great team when it comes to keeping the air in your home clean and comfortable. Southern Air offers a number of dehumidifiers and humidifiers that, working together with your HVAC unit, can successfully achieve this purpose.
Contact Southern Air
If you’re interested in learning more – or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our service technicians – contact Southern Air. We’ve been dehumidifying homes in and around Shreveport, Alexandria and the surrounding areas since 1994.