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Dehumidifiers: How to Stop the Sweat in Your Home

Summer is almost upon us, and along with the heat often comes humidity. Humidity is caused by an excess of moisture hanging in warm air that can leave you feeling uncomfortably sweaty and sticky. Humidity can also pose health risks—it can interfere with the regulation of your body temperature, and excess humidity can even cause allergy flare-ups and asthmatic attacks. Not only is humidity unpleasant and even harmful to you and your family, it can also lead to an increase of mold and bug infestations in your home. Luckily, dehumidifiers can keep the air in your home from becoming a muggy mess.

How Do Dehumidifiers Work?

Dehumidifiers are appliances that remove excess moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers use a fan to pull in humid air. By lowering the air’s temperature, the dehumidifier dries up all the excess moisture contained in the air. The air is then reheated back to a base temperature and redistributed into the room, this time without the high moisture content. This is how dehumidifiers are able to alleviate humidity without turning your house into arctic tundra.

What Maintenance Do Dehumidifiers Need?

Dehumidifiers require very little maintenance. Many dehumidifiers are equipped with their own air-detection device that tests the air quality of the room to ensure that it’s at the ideal humidity level, which is anywhere between 30 and 50 percent.  Most dehumidifiers come with a reservoir tank where the excess moisture is deposited. The only thing you have to do is empty the reservoir when it gets full. Besides that, most dehumidifiers are self-regulating—some can even be programmed to turn on and off on their own.

Humidity can put a damper on an otherwise beautiful summer. Not only can humidity be irritating, it can negatively impact your health and cause serious damage to your home. Get rid of unwanted moisture in your home with a dehumidifier. If you’re considering getting a dehumidifier for your home or if you have any other questions about humidifiers and dehumidifiers, don’t hesitate to contact us. Premier Heating and Cooling is here to make sure you stay relaxed and comfortable all summer long.

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How to Find the Right AC for You

The heat of summer is right around the corner, and if you are in the market for a new AC, then you need to make some big decisions soon. With something as important as the system that keeps you and your family cool when it is scorching outside, you shouldn’t take any shortcuts. Take your time and make the right decision.

Want to know how to find the right AC for you? Here are a few things to look for when searching for a new air conditioner.

Efficiency

Efficiency is the gold standard of AC units. The amount of energy input that it takes to remove heat from your home is important for a few reasons. For one, it will help you gauge your bills each month and save you money, and two, it will help conserve energy for the benefit of the environment. The higher the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the higher the efficiency. The drawback is the higher initial price.

Regular maintenance

Preventative maintenance from a licensed contractor is a great way to extend the life of your AC unit, but you should factor the price of the maintenance into the price tag whenever you are shopping. A newer model will probably need less, and you might want to consider a maintenance contract. Do some research around on the web for reviews of the model, and make sure you’re getting a good deal.

Size

Knowing how much heating or cooling you need is the job of an experienced HVAC contractor. You don’t want to get a unit that isn’t the right size, or else you will either pay too much in bills or you won’t have enough power to get the temperature you want. Know the size of your home and search around the internet a bit, and then ask your contractor what they think and have them follow through.

Your air conditioning system is vital to you and your family’s comfort, so don’t rush decisions and don’t just take the cheapest model. It’s a big purchase, so knowing how to find the AC for you is essential. Be on the lookout for these things, and we guarantee you’ll find the right air conditioner this summer. Premier Heating & Cooling is the most trusted contractor for maintenance, repairs, and installation in the London, Ontario area. Feel free to contact us for any HVAC related questions you might have.